Sheridan area residents and visitors can ride the Sheridan trolley, take an old-fashioned hay ride and get a head start on their Christmas shopping on Friday, Nov. 29, during the annual Christmas Stroll downtown.
Nearly 100 businesses are participating in this year's Stroll, and most of the stores downtown will be open during Stroll hours from 4 until 8 that evening.
Teresa Detimore is director of program development for the Sheridan County Chamber of Commerce, which is a sponsor of the event.
She said Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will give rides on its mini-train, and those who come downtown can check their Stroll Button numbers in participating stores to see if they have won a prize. Buttons are $5 each, and were designed this year by Riley Green, a student at Big Horn Elementary School.
Christmas Strollers can register their button numbers in participating stores for a once-a-week drawing for $100 in Chamber Bucks and a final grand prize drawing for $1,000 in Chamber Bucks. Children will have a chance again this year to visit Santa Claus at City Hall from 4:30 to 7:30 that night.
Main Street and Grinnell Plaza will be closed to traffic during the Stroll. Organizers say the purpose of the annual event is to bring people downtown for a kick-off to the Christmas shopping season in Sheridan.