After an initial announcement that it would be cancelled altogether, Crossett Area Chamber of Commerce Officials have announced that Christmas in Crossett will be this weekend.

The Christmas in Crossett festival and parade were both originally scheduled for the afternoon of Dec. 8, but Chamber President Lindsey Meeks said the event was canceled on Thursday night due to inclement weather, though the parade was rescheduled to Dec. 11.

Christmas in Crossett will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to cancel because we never want to do anything to hurt our small businesses, but with such a high chance of rain, we really didn’t see anyway around it,” Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Mandy Vickers-White said.

After the announcement of the cancellation was made Thursday, the decision to reschedule was announced Friday morning. Some of the planned events, however, were not able to be moved.

“It will be a smaller, more condensed version of our annual event,” Meeks said.

There will be no Jingle Bell Run, but the fashion show at Centennial Park will still go on as planned.

The rock wall and zipline that were scheduled were not available for Dec. 15, but there will still be an inflatable obstacle course and bounce house during the event on Saturday.

“We won’t have everything we originally planned to have, but we wanted to give our vendors an opportunity because a lot of them aren’t brick and mortar businesses and the Christmas in Crossett event was a big opportunity for them,” Vickers-White said.

Meeks said that because the deposit on the rock wall and zipline were paid in advance, the company is giving the Chamber six months to book the attractions.

Meeks said the Chamber board discussed planning a Spring event in order to use the rockwall and zipline, but had no specific details available at this time.

“We will have a Spring event, but the board will discuss it in more detail after the holidays,” Meeks said.

A complete schedule, a map and a list of vendors and participating businesses is included in the Chamber of Commerce ad on p. 5 of this week’s News Observer.

“Even though the event will be smaller, we hope that the community will still come out and support the local businessess and vendors participating because we know they look forward to this event every year,” Vickers-White said.

Meeks said there is a chance of rain and that any other changes or cancellations will be announced on the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page at facebook.com/crossettchamber/.

Those who have questions about the event or who wish to volunteer may contact the Chamber at 870-304-9449.

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