PETA-sanctioned dogsled races. OK, so maybe they don’t have the documentation to prove it, but there’ll be no complaints from animal lovers with this race — those pulling the sled have two legs, not four. The dogless dogsled race debuted last year with four teams, but organizers expect those numbers to rise this year.
Four-person teams can sign up the day of the race on Pine Street, next to US Bank. Two people are needed to pull the sled, which runs on runners if there’s snow, wheels if there’s not, one person to push the sled and another to ride inside the sled. The race begins at 1 p.m.
Lots of food. You’ll have to put some effort into staying hungry for the day. Cinnamon rolls, coffee and cocoa will be available for purchase at the Potlatch Landing beginning at 9 a.m., and a taco soup lunch rolls out there at 11 a.m. In addition, soup and sandwiches will be available at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall.
And don’t forget the free chili feed following the parade at Scenic 6 Park Depot. Hot dogs, cocoa and cider will also be served there until they’re gone.
Holiday shopping options double, or quadruple, or more. Artisan and craft vendors from around the area will be at various places throughout town, giving residents and visitors plenty of holiday shopping opportunities.
Parade dreams come true. If you’ve always wanted to be in a lighted parade, here’s your chance. The annual parade — now in its 18th year — draws participants and observers from around the area. Locals notice cars beginning to park along Highway 6 around noon until it fills up by 5 p.m., when the parade starts.
Those who want to be in the parade need to light up their vehicle of choice and then register and start getting in line at 3:30 p.m. at Potlatch Elementary School on Ponderosa Drive. The parade goes along Highway 6 from the school to Scenic Six Park. Entries are announced at city hall as they pass by and there are cash prizes for the best entries.
Big, loud, pretty lights fill up the sky. Fireworks were added to the small-town celebration five years ago. This year’s show is the biggest yet, double the size of the first show, with more than $10,000 in fireworks that will light up the cold December sky at 6:30 p.m.
And the sky isn’t the only place you’ll see pretty lights. The 16-acre Scenic Six Park is covered in Christmas lights that twinkle and dance to music.
Potlatch Company Town Christmas events:
9 a.m. Breakfast available for purchase at Potlatch Landing until 2 p.m. Lunch available 11 a.m. to closing.
10 a.m. Santa arrives on the train at the historic train depot. He’ll be there to visit until 3 p.m. Photos available for purchase.
10 a.m. Vendors located at historic train depot, VFW Hall, Rebekah Hall, city hall and various local businesses marked by big red flags.
1 p.m. Dogsled Races on Pine Street by US Bank
3 p.m. Community Concert at Faith Church in Onoway
5 p.m. Lighted Christmas Parade on Highway 6
5:30 p.m. Free chili feed at Scenic Six Park Train Depot
6 p.m. VFW flag retirement ceremony with the Boy Scouts at Scenic Six Park
6 p.m. Library open house featuring the Junior Jammers fiddling group, cocoa and cookies until 8 p.m.
6:30 p.m. Fireworks Show at Scenic Six Park
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