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Holiday lighting ceremony will be Wednesday

There will be a holiday lighting ceremony in Platte City this year, though it will be slightly different than previous years.

City of Platte City officials are putting together the program through their parks and recreation department, and getting some help from Valerie Greenough of the Chamber of Commerce. The ceremony is set for Wednesday, Nov. 27 on the lawn of the Platte County Courthouse.

Face painting will start about 4:30 to 4:45 p.m. The Sonlight Assembly of God choir will be singing. Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand for pictures taken by Jacquie's Photos. Magic reindeer feed packets will be given out by Girl Scout Troop No. 1100. Cookies, hot chocolate and hot cider will be served by a soon-to-be open restaurant known as the Platte County Grill.

The ceremony will include a message from Mayor Dave Brooks, with the actual lighting of the Platte County Courthouse taking place at around 5:30.

Uncertainty had surrounded this year's ceremony, as the Platte City Lions Club earlier announced it is switching the presentation of its annual Truman Glenn Award from the lighting ceremony to the city's Fourth of July celebration. Also, the appearance of a children's choir was in doubt because Debbie Dance Uhrig, organizer of past performances, was uncertain whether she'd be able to assist due to health matters.