There were reindeer games, paper snowball fights, arts and crafts, candy treats, and Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus on hand to spread Christmas cheer at the annual Eagles Christmas party for children Saturday afternoon at the Eagles Club in downtown Hastings.
An event that had once been open to the public, the party had become an exclusively Eagles event in recent years. This year, it was once again open to the public, and plenty of people got the word through fliers and local advertising. About 100 people turned out to participate in the fun and games.
Pete Peterson, Eagle’s Club trustee, said the children’s event goes way back on the club calendar.
“This has been going on for 40 or 50 years or longer,” he said. “I don’t go back quite that far. We stretched it out a little bit further to include the public this year to get the community to realize the Eagle’s Club is a charity organization.”