I had a great time at Dickens on Saturday. I set my alarm and got down to the square as soon as I could for the Believe race that started off the day. While I try to capture pictures for the blog to get the feeling of the event in general, I am not a professional photographer. If you were a runner in the race or are looking for a picture of you or your group, I strongly recommend that you check out Celebrated Images. These guys are the official photographers for the race and they already have literally hundreds of images up on their web site. You might check to see if a friend’s picture is up there and surprise them with a framed copy for Christmas. (Hey, I got a gift idea in even on Dickens!) The photos will be available for the next 60 days.
So, as I was saying, I set my alarm on Saturday. The sun was just coming up over the buildings downtown as the event was getting started. As I approached the square, I could hear the sounds of Kool & The Gang’s “Celebrate” being played by the DJ at the event stage. The mayor greeted everyone and there were a few speakers before the event began.
The Great Santa Chase was even more fun than I expected. I thought that all the kids were supposed to chase Santa but they had a short course and quickly shot out in front of him.
Just after The Great Santa Chase, they began the 10K. This is a pretty serious race and they spent a few minutes warming up before heading out. My understanding is that they have a little electronic monitor on their shoe or clothing that gives an accurate account of their time.
Then the 5k started. The 10k and the 5k had different start lines and different routes, though they ended at the same finish line. I had heard that the registered runners last years numbered 1700 but I spoke with someone with the race who said that last year they had 1200 people and were anticipating between 1700 and 2000 this year. I’d be interested in knowing how many they had after the final count is in. There sure seemed to be a lot of people. The crowd behind this line had to be at least a block long, judging by the number of people who ran by me.
It was fun to watch them coming in to the finish line. Crowds of runners stretched along Louisiana Street for at least half an hour before I left to meet up with a friend of mine who was running the Fun Run with her husband and her dog.
Even some of Santa’s helpers were in the race. They make it look so easy – all smiles as they came into the finish line.
The finish line was in front of Hamm’s Custom Meats who was offering pulled pork rolls for $2 to the hungry runners.
About the time the race began to wrap up, Dickens began to get started. I walked back to the house and took a little break before heading back down around 2:00.
There were carollers on practically every corner.
There were unique vendors. I think that this booth may be part of the Rowan of the Wood book tour but I couldn’t confirm that.
Frosty’s Train made regular trips around the courthouse.
The carousel was a very popular attraction.
Live reindeer rested in a pen outside McKinney Office Supply & Alternative Furnishings.
Christ Fellowship was setting up for the Follow the Star production that was going to be presented at 5:30, 6:30 and 7:30. The set was huge – too big for one photo. The marketplace and tomb you can see in the shot below. The manger and inn were to the right. There were bleachers set up for viewing the show and it looked like professional sound and lighting were being installed. The part of the set in the picture below isn’t even complete. They were adding columns (like Roman building columns) as we headed back from visiting Hamm’s a little later. We headed back home, expecting to come back in a few hours to catch the show. We didn’t manage to make it back though, so I’m hoping that I’ll find some reports on the show on the Internet.
Walking back home, we passed by the Happy Trails Carriage Rides buggy on Church Street in front of the Methodist Church.
I couldn’t ask for a better place to live. I hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving weekend as much as I did.
Until next time,