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By DAVID CAMPHOUSE
Winchester Civic Group President Kevin Evans announced Tuesday that the group has been officially notified that the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile will be present at Winchester Hometown Christmas, which takes place Saturday, Dec. 4.
According to Evans the idea of bringing the Wienermobile to town was brought up early last spring in a Winchester Civic Group planning meeting. Evans credited Gwenn Hardy with the idea of bringing the Wienermobile to town.
Hardy previously worked at the Oscar Mayer plant in Beardstown, which is now operated by the Brazilian corporation JBS. Hardy said that many other Winchester residents have ties to the Beardstown Oscar Mayer plant, as well.
“I just thought it was a neat idea,” Hardy said. “We have a lot of people in Winchester that used to work at Oscar Mayer in Beardstown.”
Hardy said that the nostalgia surrounding the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile ties in nicely with the nostalgic feel of the Winchester Hometown Christmas event.
“It’s about the nostalgia,” Hardy said. “We grew up on Oscar Mayer hotdogs.”
According to Hardy, the Wienermobile has not visited Winchester in her memory.
“It hasn’t been here as long as I can remember,” Hardy said. “If it has been here, it was way back in the 60s.”
The Wienermobile, according to Evans and Hardy, will be in Winchester from 9 a.m. until it leaves at 7:30 p.m.
“It will be parked on the south side of the square,” Hardy said. “The civic group is providing free hotdogs from 11 a.m. until they are gone.”
The Wienermobile will also be participating in Winchester’s lighted parade, which starts at 6 p.m. and runs from the far north side of Winchester, down Main Street, to the square.
Evans also indicated that a refurbished Santa house would also be a part of the parade, and local children can visit with Santa at the square immediately following the parade.
“Santa is coming to town and so is the Wienermobile,” Evans said.
According to Evans the Winchester High School shop class recently refurbished Santa’s house. Evans said Santa’s house will be available to children for 1.5-2 hours following the parade.
Winchester Hometown Christmas features Christmas related events throughout the community, starting at 9 a.m. and running throughout the day and evening of Saturday, Dec. 4.
Winchester’s 7th Annual Hometown Christmas schedule of events:
■ Story Time with Mrs. Clause: 9 – 11a.m., Winchester Public Library
■ Cookie Walk: 9 a.m. – 12p.m., First Christian Church
■ Vendors: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Various locations around town
■ Gift Wrapping Station: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., By local 4-H group
■ Gingerbread House Contest: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Old School Museum
■ Oscar Mayer Wienermobile on the south side of the square: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
■Free Oscar Mayer hotdogs on the square – 11 a.m.
■ Santa Drive Around: 1 – 1:45 p.m., Check route on Hometown Christmas Facebook page
■ Lighted Parade: 6 p.m., Coordinated by Winchester High School Key Club
■ Memory Tree Ceremony: Directly after parade, Douglas Park