LAFAYETTE — When Santa arrived Sunday in Lafayette, he came aboard a covered wagon, not a sleigh. The wagon would later be utilized by groups of carolers who spread their holiday cheer throughout the village.
Brock Ackerman, his wife and daughters met with Santa prior to taking their spot in the wagon to go caroling.
“It’s an experience you know, you get to see Santa where we live every day and it’s just neat for the kids and cool for the community to come together and support a function like this,” said Ackerman.
The event was held in the former Pure Oil gas station, the current home of the LaFayette-Jackson Historical Society.
“It’s something that everybody looks forward every year. We joke about this being downtown Lafayette which it actually it is,” said Amy Joseph, historical society president.
It was nearly a year ago when the veterans monument across from the museum was taken down to be refurbished.
The statue and base were taken to Columbus Art in Columbus, where they’ve been working on the project.
“We hope that it’s up in all of its beautiful glory for our Memorial Day parade, which is actually quite large in Lafayette. Last year, we had over 80 units in our little town’s parade,” said Joseph.
Raising enough money for the project is still ongoing.
“I still think we need around $20,000, so if anybody out there has a few thousand laying around they don’t know what to do with,” Joseph said with a chuckle.
The generosity of the community has helped them get closer to their $120,000 goal. The historical society has held a couple of chicken dinner fundraisers, as well as their annual dinner.
Joseph says she’s pleased with the support they’ve received.
“Not just this town — far and wide, people have come through. People who used to live here, out of towners, have mailed us checks. The response has been great and we appreciate it greatly,” said Joseph.
You can still help by sending checks to treasurer Judi Badertscher, 4255 N. Phillips Rd. Harrod, OH 45850.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.