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Harker Heights Evening Star
Harker Heights Evening Star

Annual Frost Fest brings holiday cheer to Heights

Annual Frost Fest brings holiday cheer to Heights

By Shannon Myers
Harker Heights Evening Star

On a cold and crisp Friday evening, approximately 3,000 citizens attended the 13 annual Frost Fest at the parking lot of Market Heights Shopping Center.
Santa Clause and his reindeer, Blizten, helped put smiles on the faces of the young and the young-at-heart.
“I really wasn’t expecting all of this. But it’s really cool. They have crafts going on, businesses, food trucks. It was really well organized. I think Harker Heights does a really good job at boosting community moral,” said resident, Krislyn Randall while waiting in the long line to see Santa.
Randall brought her mother’s goddaughter, Gaby, 4. Gaby was most excited to visit Santa, to tell him how good she has been all year and her wish for an American Girl doll.
The hill closest to Santa’s tent had a snow machine provided by Magical Display Pyrotechnics FX for children to play in the snow and provide the opportunity to capture a rare snow photo in Central Texas.
“We don’t have anything like this back at home. It’s really nice. You bring out your family and do a little shopping,” said Veronica Arellano, who decided she wanted to stop by and check out Frost Fest after visiting her stepson who had just returned from Afghanistan.
44 vendors helped fill the parking lot to provide holiday gifts, food, crafts, and entertainment.
“It’s wonderful to see so many businesses come together in the community to put on such a great event for everyone,” said Nolanville resident, Jennie Leivan.
Leivan has been coming to Frost Fest for the past five years with her two children.
“It’s really nice to hear the music and to see the kids play. The chess is amazing this year. And actually getting to see Santa, which is what all my kids talk about,” said Leivan.
A new edition to the event was a live chess game presented by the Stewart C. Meyer Harker Heights Public Library and Barnes and Nobles. The Chess Kangs from Rancier Middle School hosted the event.
“It went well. It wasn’t just the normal chess players, it was random people who came out and took a roll as a piece on the board and played. It looks like everyone is having fun,” said Rancier chess coach, Derick Foster.
Aside from mingling with the vendors for sixth annual Holiday Farmers Market at Frost Fest, event participants also joined in on casting their voters for the best gingerbread house for the fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest.
Citizens also enjoyed watching sculptors carve out their designs on blocks of ice, and other activities while drinking their free hot chocolate and munching down free cookies.
National Honor Society from Harker Heights High School had several stations dedicated to making ornaments and writing letters to service members who are stationed overseas during the holidays.
“Despite the cold, we’re all here, we’re all giving back and interacting at the different booths and just like, seeing everyone in the community come out, it’s just nice,” said National Honor student, Maya Halabi.
The city along with the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce and Market Heights Shopping Center put on the event with Heights Lumber and Supply as the Snowflake Sponsor.
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Gingerbread creation, “Whoville,” Coach Henderson Sports Photography won Heights Lumber and Supply’s choice for best gingerbread house for the fourth annual Gingerbread House Contest at the 13th annual Frost Fest at Marker Heights Shopping Center
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Caroline Cooke, 4, gets the opportunity to pet Santa’s reindeer, Blizten at the 13th annual Frost Fest at Marker Heights Shopping Center
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Children enjoy Doug Roberson’s “gun range” at his Pistol Grip Walking Canes booth at the 13th annual Frost Fest at Marker Heights Shopping Center
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National Honor student, Maya Halabi (right) reaches across the table to help a child make an ornament at the 13th annual Frost Fest at Marker Heights Shopping Center
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Families eagerly await the long line to get the chance to sit with Santa Clause at the 13th annual Frost Fest at Marker Heights Shopping Center
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Ice sculptors begin to carve out their design at the 13th annual Frost Fest at Marker Heights Shopping Center

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