Hundreds gather for first ever Piedmont tree lighting ceremony
PIEDMONT, S.D. – The town of Piedmont showed up in full force on Sunday night for the first-ever tree lighting ceremony.
Hundreds of community members of all ages braced the cold and gathered at Piedmont Park to ring in the holiday season. Kids played around in the snow, drank hot chocolate, and visited with Santa. Local businesses also donated prizes which were raffled off to the public.
Right before the community lit the tree, the group of around 250 gathered for a prayer. Youngsters then gathered in front of the tree and sang carols.
According to Lane Shull, the president of Vision Piedmont, the event was posted on a few fliers at the post office and on social media. Shull said that word of mouth in the tight-knit community took over from there.
“It’s been kind of slow and we’ve been unsure how the community feels about it,” said Shull. “And to see the whole community come together and say, ‘Yes, this is something we want and this is something we’re excited about,’ it just means the world to the whole Vision Piedmont team.”
The whole ceremony was put on by Vision Piedmont, which is a coalition of businesses and community members. They aim to grow Piedmont both culturally and economically.