SHERIDAN — The tiny town of Ucross, population 25, will grow by hundreds for just one night.
The Ucross Foundation will hold its fourth annual community Christmas celebration at the Park in Ucross and the Raymond Plank Creative Center Saturday from 4-6 p.m.
Tracey Kikut, program associate of the Ucross Foundation, said that there are plenty of events for all of those who wish to celebrate Christmas.
“We are really excited to be bringing it to the community once again,” Kikut said.
The celebration features the Buffalo High School Balladiers choir, which will be singing Christmas songs for the community. The group is Sharon Dynak’s favorite part of the celebration. The president of the Ucross Foundation said that as a music lover, she finds the choir’s singing wonderful.
“I really love the music, but the whole evening is just filled with a great sense of community and good spirits with winter upon us,” Dynak said.
There are plenty of other events, as well. Longmire author and one of the few area residents, Craig Johnson, will read one of his stories at the event. Additionally, the celebration will feature crafts for children and the lighting of thousands of lights in the trees in Ucross. The planned fireworks have been canceled due to the weather.
“I really love the fireworks over the snow,” Dynak said, before they were canceled. “We used to do them during Fourth of July for many years, and it is really special to see them explode over the snow and to see the Christmas lights come on in the trees; I like that part too.”
Christmas treats and refreshments will be provided to attendees, as well.
The event started as a way to bring the public into Ucross and show the community what the Ucross Foundation has to offer. It’s expanded since, and Kikut said it has turned into a massive annual celebration.
“We’ve made some slight adjustments as we have gone along, but the core of it is still the core of it,” she said.
Around 300 people showed up to last year’s celebration. That number has grown substantially since its inception.
Program members said that they typically see attendees from Sheridan, Buffalo, Clearmont, Arvada, Gillette and even as far as Montana. More are expected to attend this year.
Those attending the event Saturday are encouraged to bring non-perishable items to be donated to food banks.
“All in all, it’s just filled with good spirits and just a good time to get together with the community,” Dynak said.