First Frosty's Fest Draws Nearly 3,000

Santa's elf joins him for a photo at Frosty's Fest.

When a group of volunteers with boundless love for Christmas and Parma gets together, Christmas magic happens.

Dec. 8 was a fun day in Parma! Christmas at the Farm began at noon with large crowds at Stearns Homestead. At 2 p.m., the Annual Christmas Parade traveled down Ridge Road. This year, the parade reversed its direction, starting at Stearns and heading north to Ridgewood Golf Course where Frosty's Fest began at 3 p.m. and went until 7 p.m.

Ridgewood Golf Course Manager Dave Chuba and his hard-working elves transformed the clubhouse into the North Pole for Frosty's Fest, a holiday festival organized by We Are Parma Proud and supported by the mayor’s office and city services. Volunteers Kathy Mabin, Chris Leo, Veronica Kovach-Dodd, Krysta Dodd, Karen Gundling, Leah Walden and councilwomen Debbie Lime and Kristin Saban worked long hours to make Frosty's Fest a sparkling success. It is estimated nearly 3,000 people came to the inaugural event.

Parma families who attended were treated to hot cocoa, popcorn, face painting, ornament making and free professional pictures with Santa by TAM Photography. Visitors listened to live music and watched ice sculpturing while Parma firefighters roasted marshmallows to make s’mores for the children. Jimbo's Concessions Original Cheese-Steak food truck, as well as the clubhouse snack bar and bar were open for business. Rudy's Strudel and Bakery, Breads and Beyond Bakery and local baker Lisa Georgius had Christmas cookies available for purchase. The festival ended with an ugly sweater drawing, a raffle and a singalong with members of various Parma City School District choirs.

We Are Parma Proud is already discussing Frosty’s Fest 2020. If you want to volunteer, contact

Carolyn Kovach

Carolyn J. Kovach

Director of Communications, City of Parma, Mayor's Office

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Volume 12, Issue 1, Posted 1:50 PM, 01.01.2020