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Downtown embraces the season of lights

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Downtown Hastings was decked out in holiday decor during Holiday Hoopla on Saturday. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)2 / 7
The Grinch came out on his sleigh to take photos with community members. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)3 / 7
Gourmet s'mores were available under the bridge. A fire pit was on hand for roasting marshmallows and community members had a choice of chocolate or Reese's filling. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)4 / 7
Community members lined the street as the Holiday Hoopla parade traveled down Second Street. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)5 / 7
A choir sang holiday songs at the Rotary Pavilion prior to the parade. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)6 / 7
Many "Who" hair styles and face painting could be seen throughout downtown. The makeovers were completed at Hastings Beauty School. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)7 / 7

Downtown Hastings was transformed into a holiday extravaganza for the fifth annual Holiday Hoopla on Saturday, Nov. 26. Christmas decorations were up, holiday music was playing outside of the Hastings Beauty School and horse and hay wagon rides were seen traveling up and down Second Street.

In addition, attendees got to decorate cookies at the Onion Grille, take reindeer sleigh rides under the bridge, eat gourmet s’mores and shop at a vendor fair at the American Legion. Many “Who” hair and face painting makeovers were done at the Hastings Beauty School, and the Grinch was available across the street at Oliver’s Grove Park for pictures.

The Lighted Holiday Parade started at Tyler and Second streets and traveled through downtown. Floats decked out in holiday lights moved down the street with some parade members handing out candy to the crowd.

Saturday was also the seventh annual Small Business Saturday (SBS), a day designed to support and promote small businesses during the busy Thanksgiving holiday weekend. Community members participated in the day by visiting downtown businesses throughout the Holiday Hoopla event.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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