Carriage rides tease weekend of holiday fun
by Paisley Boston
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The Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum is getting ready for visitors on Thursday as part of the Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce holiday activities.
The Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum is getting ready for visitors on Thursday as part of the Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce holiday activities.
Have you been searching for somewhere to sport that weird looking sweater given to you by a relative last year for Christmas and are you tired of only being able to take carriage rides while visiting a big city?

Well the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce is coming to your rescue by hosting a number of events this week.

On Thursday, carriage rides will leave from the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum from 6-8 p.m.

Admission for the carriage ride is $3 per person and will be conducted on a first come, first serve basis.

Team Cleveland Manager Lisa Cooley encourages citizens to arrive early and remain in the train station if they wish to take part in the carriage ride.

"I think in the past we used a line system – people just pretty much stood in line and waited but because of the weather conditions, we thought that it would be nice for people to go inside of the train station and wait for the carriage ride," said Cooley.

As citizens await their carriage, they will be served hot chocolate as they watch the model train display make its rounds.

"It is a lot of fun to watch. It sounds and smells just like a real train. In case of inclement weather, the train station is definitely a great place to stand and wait out of the weather," said Museum Director Lisa Miller.

"We are going to have plenty of things for people to do and view as they wait for the carriage, especially the children," she added.

After citizens have had a day of defrosting from carriage riding on Thursday, they will have the chance to stretch out their limbs and get ready for the Ugly Christmas Sweater 5k/ Children's Rudolph Race on Saturday at 4:30 p.m.

As participants gallop and sprint downtown Cleveland, they will also have the chance to bask in the ambiance of beautiful Christmas lights and decorations.

Registration is $25 and it begins at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

This event is sponsored by the Hamilton-White Child Development Center at Delta State University.

According to Director of Preschool Programs & Instructor in Family and Consumer Sciences, Stephanie Farris all proceeds from the race will be used to benefit the center.

"Currently we have about 40 people that have signed up for the race. This is the first time that we are hosting this event and we hope to make it a tradition," said Farris

"We will have several activities set up such as Create-A-Bear, Kids Fun Run and Santa Claus is also set to make an appearance," she added.

Immediately following the race, an award ceremony will be held at Mosquito Burrito to announce the winners of the race – first; second and third place winners will receive trophies.

"We will also be giving away gift cards and door prizes," Farris said.

Following the race, the fun will continue with Christmas Karaoke in the Alley.

"We are so excited about the events that are planned – we think there is going to be a lot of neat things for people to come to Cleveland and take part in," said Cooley.

All events are open to the public and may be enjoyed by the entire family.

Cooley said that she also encourages citizens and visitors to shop downtown Cleveland while taking part in all of the holiday festivities.

"It’s a great place to come and get your Christmas shopping done and have a fun experience. Although stores will be closed downtown during the events that take place at night, we encourage people to eat at our restaurants and take part in all that Cleveland has to offer. We are trying to pull people in and encourage them to shop downtown because we feel that our stores downtown are the best in the entire Delta," she added.

During the following week, the Martin and Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum will host a movie night showing “The Polar Express“ at 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and Team Cleveland/Main Street will offer gift-wrapping services beginning at 10 a.m. Dec. 21 and the price and location are still undetermined. This will be a fundraiser for Team Cleveland/Main Street.