Claremore introduces West Bend Winterland, a new holiday event coming in December. “The first phase of the event will be the arrival of Claremore’s 50 ft. live Christmas tree”, said Tanya Andrews, director of the Claremore Expo & Tourism Development.
“We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our tree, which will be Thursday, November 16. The 50 ft. Norway Spruce is coming from the Dutchman Tree Farm in Manton, Michigan. Our great partner, Pelco Structural, departed Sunday morning with a semi and flat-bed trailer to pick up the tree and bring it home.” The planned arrival is around 1:30 or 2pm Thursday afternoon, where it will be escorted by GRDA Police on I-44, and Claremore Police Department as it makes its way to the West Bend Green on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center.
West Bend Winterland will be a time of community celebration for families and visitors alike. The event will launch with an official “Lighting of the Tree” on December 4 at 6pm, music provided by Sam Mackens and the TU Wind Quintet, hot cocoa, popcorn and the introduction of Claremore’s new ice rink.
That evening we invite the public to come and celebrate the lighting of the tree, have some cocoa and help kick off the “Share The Spirit Food Drive”. Folks are invited to bring non-perishable food stuffs for holiday baskets such as canned green beans, corn, boxed potatoes or stuffing, or if they choose they can make a monetary donation. Volunteers with the Share the Spirit campaign will be on hand to accept donations.
City crews have been preparing the site for the tree as well as the skating rink. “In order to make sure the tree had a sufficient water source with nearby power for lighting, an eight-foot man hole was placed at the site. The man hole will have dirt fill and once the tree is in place, water will be added on a regular basis,” said Larry Hughes, director of Electric and Utilities.
The lighting ceremony is made possible by the City of Claremore, Pelco Structural, GRDA, Rogers County Coalition, Ira Green Construction, and RCB Bank. A complete schedule of events, including public skate sessions, can be found at www.westbendwinterland.com, or call the Claremore Expo at 918-342-5357.