ALL SMILES IN BEMENT. Landon Dodge on the left, son of Tiffany Dodge, was grinning from ear to ear on Saturday as he was patiently waiting for the parade to start and Santa to arrive. Pictured on the right is Declan and Hayden Shonkwiler, 3-year old and 2-year old sons of Blake and Kaci Shonkwiler of Bement as they visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus following the parade through downtown. Kaci was also a vendor with her Small House Sweets bakery business.
Even with the colder temperature and gusty winds, Bement celebrated the Christmas season on Saturday, December 11 by kicking off the day with a sold out Breakfast with Santa at the Crossroads Church as well as a pancake and sausage breakfast at the Bement United Methodist Church.
JTA Foods held their annual cookie walk till mid-afternoon and there was a Christmas vendor/craft show that also took place at the Crossroads Church for those still needing gifts on their lists.
The annual Mike Walsh 5K run/walk had a great turnout in spite of less than favorable running conditions followed by the Christmas parade with several families in attendance collecting candy that was tossed about for scooping up. The much anticipated arrival of Santa and Mrs Claus on the Bement Firetruck wrapped up the parade entries.
Pictures with Santa along with free cookies and hot chocolate were available following the parade with coloring pages and Christmas wish lists kept the kids busy and Bryant Cottage ended the day with an Open House.
The Bement Community Council organized and sponsored the event.