“Georgetown Santas” Suiting Up This Weekend
KSAL Staff - December 18, 2013 8:00 pm
Salina’s “Georgetown Santas” will be out this weekend.
The group of five neighbors have become a popular mainstay in Salina in the days leading up to Christmas each year. Each year the Santa suit up on Georgetown Road in East Salina, handing out candy and popcorn and spreading Christmas cheer.
The tradition began back in 1998, when Jack Schmiedeler moved to Georgetown Road. He noticed a lot of traffic at Christmas from sightseers looking at the lights. He bought a Santa suit, stood outside, waved and gave away candy.
His neighbor from across the street, Paul McDaniel, asked if he could join in the fun. Other neighbors including Pete Martin, Mike Chaput, and Mel Augustine joined in the effort. Also joing in as Santa’s helpers were Justin Martin, Virgil Michaelis, and Larry Thompson. They began handing out freshly-popped popcorn in addition to the candy.
The Georgetown Santas will be out this year beginning this weekend. They will be out nightly beginning Saturday, each night through Christmas Eve, 6:30pm – 9:00pm. They will be handing out popcorn and candy through December 23rd, and candy only on December 24th.