Christmas comes to Coshocton

| November 25, 2019

COSHOCTON – Miracle on Main brought the magic of Christmas to Main Street in Coshocton on Friday, Nov. 22. People lined the street well before the start of the parade to ensure they had the perfect spot to see Santa as he made a special trip to see the children of Coshocton.

Before the parade, the Coshocton Public Library had their annual Holiday Open House. They have been having special activities prior to the parade for at least 13 years.

“We do this as a way of participating in Miracle on Main and being part of the community festivities,” said Holli Rainwater, outreach coordinator for the library. “It’s just a lot of fun to do because we get people who don’t normally come to the library. So, this is just to promote how much fun we have here. It’s also a way of thanking people for supporting the library over the year.”

The library had a lot of fun activities for children of all ages. There were crafts for little kids, crafts for teens and adults, live music by “A Gathering of Dulcimers”, refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library, and the famous pictures with Rudolph.

Diane Tucker was with her grandchildren, Ava Moody and Ella Moody, at the library before the parade.

“We like to go to story time [at the library],” she said. “We’ve been coming to the library before the parade for a couple of years. They’re [her grandchildren] waiting to see Santa and wave at him from the fire truck.”

Jackie Ogle was also there helping Brylee Cox, 5, and Brayleigh Cox, 9, do crafts before the parade.

“They really enjoy coming here,” said Ogle. “It’s like a family tradition.”

Brylee was excited to see the parade.

“I like to see the first responders and the police officers,” said Brylee.

Brayleigh likes to see what is new each year at the parade.

“Every year, they have something new,” Brayleigh said.

Todd Mushrush was at the library with his son, Todd Mushrush Jr., 6 years old. Todd Jr. was busy working on making a reindeer at the library craft station.

“This is our first time coming to the library open house,” said Todd. “One of our friends brings their kids, and they said it was awesome. He comes to the library for some of the reading programs. He comes to the library and loves it.”

After Todd Jr. made his reindeer, he said he was excited to see the parade this year and looked forward to one float in particular.

“I want to see the Fortnite llama they’re going to have again this year,” said Todd Jr.

Before the parade, vendors were set up along Fourth Street and the Salvation Army was out ringing bells to raise money that will go toward their Christmas program. This year, the parade was lit by the courthouse lights as well as the blue and white snowflakes that lined Main Street.

“We have had overwhelming positive support for the snowflakes,” said Barb Karr, past president of Our Town Coshocton.

Members of the 2020 Leadership Coshocton County and 2019 alumni were at the parade with cookies and hot chocolate.

“It’s just our way of giving back to the community and showing our support to Our Town Coshocton and their economic development and revitalization of downtown,” said Betsy Gosnell, executive director of Leadership Coshocton County. “It’s also fun to be downtown, participate in Miracle on Main and help kick off the holiday season.”

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I have been employed at the Coshocton County Beacon since September 2009 as a news reporter and assistant graphic artist. I am a 2004 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a 2008 graduate of Capital University with a bachelor’s degree in Professional Writing. I am married to John Scott and live in Newcomerstown. We have two beautiful daughters, Amelia Grace Scott and Leanna Rose Scott.

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