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PHOTOS: Holiday Hoopla transforms downtown Hastings

Alyssa Menge, left, and Mya Menge pose for a photo after Mya made a s'more during the Holiday Hoopla event. The girls had their hair done in "Who" style earlier in the day. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 5
Holiday Hoopla attendees were able to make their own s'more under the bridge during the holiday event. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 5
Bess Freeman chips away at her ice sculpture shaped like a Minion character. Freeman added to the fun by dressing like a Minion too. Photo by Kathy Prange3 / 5
Charly Dahl touches a Minion ice sculpture. The ice sculpture was on display in downtown Hastings during the Holiday Hoopla event Nov. 25. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 5
Mrs. Claus walked around downtown Hastings handing out candy canes during Holiday Hoopla. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 5

The sixth-annual Hastings Holiday Hoopla was held in downtown Hastings Saturday, Nov. 25. The event was in coordination with Small Business Saturday. There were reindeer sleigh rides, horse and wagon rides, gourmet s'mores, pictures with Santa and the Grinch, ice carving, "Who" hair, face painting and carolers. Mrs. Claus was also walking around handing out candy canes.

The event wrapped up with a lighted parade down Second Street.

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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