ROCK SPRINGS – The Rock Springs Main Street/Urban Renewal Agency confirmed some traditional holiday events will continue, such as the annual parade and visits with Santa, but it is disappointed to announce a few cancellations.
One bright spot is Santa’s arrival in downtown Rock Springs. He will still visit with children outdoors at the downtown gazebo located at the corner of D and Broadway streets. Santa will be there from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday, from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19. He presence is sponsored by Escape 307. In case of inclement weather, he will move to the Broadway Theater lobby. Social distancing and masks are required.
Small Business Saturday will offer free giveaways and specials on Nov. 28. The first 100 shoppers in the door starting at 11 a.m. at Mack and Co Boutique, 623 Pilot Butte Ave., will receive a special Christmas stocking filled with goodies and a gift certificate.
The Christmas Gift Show continues on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Bunning Hall at 603 S. Main St.
DOWNTOWN EVENTS DERAILED BY CORONAVIRUS
“The governor’s new orders make several events no longer economically feasible,” Main Street/URA Board Chairwoman Maria Mortensen said.
“We realize everyone was hoping to reconnect at these events, especially after months of separation due to the pandemic,” Mortensen shared. “However, we need to limit the risk of infection.”
Cancellations include llama visits, the Bar J Wranglers Christmas concert and “The Polar Express” screenings.
Llamas were originally scheduled to arrive in downtown Rock Springs on Dec. 5 and Dec. 12.
According to Emily Ray from Wind River Llamas, the llamas may visit downtown next year once the virus does not pose such a risk.
“Just having the llamas to look at won’t be as entertaining,” Ray said.
Fans, near and far, were looking forward to some authentic cowboy entertainment at the Broadway Theater on Dec. 12.
“This singing group (Bar J Wranglers) is a huge attraction,” Mortensen said. “It broke our hearts to cancel this performance but everyone’s safety is important to us.”
In addition, families annually come to the Broadway Theater for the traditionally Christmas showing of “The Polar Express.”
“Even though we’d like to host these gatherings, everyone’s safety is top priority now,” Trina Brittain said.
Unrelated to the virus, the popular horse and carriage rides were previously canceled.
For more information regarding events and happenings, including cancellations, follow Downtown Rock Springs on Facebook, visit www.DowntownRS.com or call 307-352-1434.