Guthrie Center’s Candy Land is holiday fun for the whole family

A rainbow-colored path wound through the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall in Guthrie Center, leading followers Saturday in a life-size game of Candy Land.  

The spectacularly sweet event presented by Main Street Guthrie Center and the Guthrie Center Chamber of Commerce, was fun for the whole family. 

The game Candy Land came to life and the children the game pieces. As they made their way through the board, they arrived at different destinations in Candy Land that had treats and prizes. 

Giant cupcakes, gumdrops and gingerbread men greeted boys and girls who waited for their turn in hopes of finishing first and being crowned King Kandy. 

Dana Buster, Main Street Guthrie Center program director said over 200 kids attended Candy Land Christmas. 

“The event was a great success,” she said.

The adventure also included a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus across the street in the Masonic Hall and a pair of their live reindeer outside. 

Jane Bethards has been raising reindeer for 14 years near Garden Grove and has been sharing them in shows during the holiday season for the last eight years. She mostly visits the Des Moines area, but was happy to be in Guthrie Center Saturday, one of 18 visits with the reindeer this season.  

“People really enjoy them,” she said as she encouraged guests to climb up into Santa’s sleigh which accompanies the reindeer at every show. 

Bethards and friend Marla Garity shared two of Bethards four reindeer with guests in Guthrie Center from 1-3 p.m. Saturday afternoon as children and adults posed for photos in Santa’s sleigh and beside the reindeer. 

Several asked the names of the reindeer, some rattling off Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and Vixen, but Bethards said, “Only Santa knows their real names.” 

His barn name is Silver, she said.

Guests also enjoyed hot chocolate and cookies and created Christmas crafts during the event. 

The event was free and provided a chance for members of the community to enjoy a festive Saturday together. “We are planning to team up with the Chamber to do a  Christmas event again next year,” Buster said. “We are thinking about repeating the reindeer because they were so neat and fun to see up close.” 

Buster said they will, however, be working a different fun theme for the event and hope to come up with something that the kids like as much as playing Candy Land.

“We also hope to hold the event in one location that can house all of the fun under one roof,” she said. 


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