The travel and tourism committee was excited to have a pre-holiday event attracting large crowds on Main Street during the last two years, in a yet-to-be park. The city park is still yet-to-be, but the demolition phase has begun and the area is barricaded with orange construction fencing.
The events of Old Fashioned Christmas return to the courthouse square on Saturday, after a brief parade between Second and Fourth streets on Main Street.
Santa Claus will be present; the reindeer are expected to make a scouting trip from the North Pole and Miss Kansas Theresa Vail will be on hand to sign autographs and pose for pictures.
Entertainment will be provided by the Pratt High School Marching Band, Pratt High Singers, a vocal group from Pratt Community College and a local dance group.
Young visitors can ride the Pratt Lions Club train and whisper their requests in Old Santa's ear. Children who want help to write letters to Santa can find it at a Pratt Regional Medical Center table.
Santa's house will be located on the lot behind the Pratt Tribune (just west of the courthouse) for the holiday season.
The Pratt Fire Department will hand out hot roasted peanuts and cotton candy and pulled pork sandwiches will be available for purchase. More than a dozen other vendors have made reservations.
A big attraction is always the drawings: Walmart will again provide a boy's bicycle, girl's bicycle and an iPod for teens. The Chamber of Commerce will give away Chamber Bucks in the amounts of $250, $150 and $100.
"It's a fun family day," promises Chamber Executive Director Jan Scarbrough.
The event concludes when Santa and the prizewinners blow some magic dust into the air to turn on the Christmas lights on the square and downtown.
Lights at Lemon Park and Sixth Street Park will also be turned on Saturday evening.
In case of inclement weather — rain, snow or high wind — the event will be moved to the Pratt Municipal Building.
Some city streets will be blocked for safety.