Grant Received for Open House

Members of the Downtown Associates, Inc. would like to announce a grant award of $1,000 from the Walmart Community Grant on behalf of the local Sam’s Club #4963. These funds will be used to support the Downtown Associates’ annual Christmas Open House. The grant will allow the association to continue expanding the event that creates activities and entertainment which brings the community together and helps promote historic, downtown Chillicothe as a destination and supports all of the local, small businesses that reside within the historic district.

The event has been established for many years and has continued to grow through support from the community. The Downtown Associates executive committee and Christmas Open House committee continue to work to bring new activities and events to downtown that will attract more residents and visitors. In previous, years, the association has offered horse-drawn carriage rides, petting zoo, choirs and strolling carolers and plan to continue this tradition with the help of fundraising opportunities and sponsorships.

As this is the largest event the association organizes it takes most of the association’s funds. The executive team is currently working on fundraising ideas and sponsorship opportunities to help raise money to fund this project. The awarded grant goes a long way to helping them reach their goals for this year’s event, but additional funds are currently needed for the event.

This year’s event will be held on November 18th thru 20th with the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Friday evening to open the event; Saturday will feature the 2nd annual Snowflake Pageant, and more activities to come. If anyone is interested in helping support the Open house, they can find more information on the Downtown Associates’ website at