Blooming Prairie police officer spreads holiday joy

Devin Martin
Updated: November 27, 2020 10:43 PM
Created: November 27, 2020 09:50 PM

(ABC 6 News) - 2020 has been a hard year for all of us, and in Blooming Prairie, one man is looking to make the holiday season special by creating a winter wonderland.

"I want to give people the best time of their life that they can have this year,” organizer and Blooming Prairie police officer Dan Peach said. 
"This is an outdoor event so people can have fun, socially distance and be safe out here. We can bring Christmas joy to everyone that might not have the most spirit because they might not be working right now, and might need some extra cheer."
 Peach started setting up in early November for ‘A Very Prairie Christmas.’ It's in the area where The Bakery used to be before it burned down in January. Peach's family owns B to Z Hardware next door and bought the lot when it was available. 

 "People will often reflect on how your attitude is and how you perceive yourself. So if you can come off as a happy jolly good fella, that spirit will pass onto other people and hopefully make them happy and just keep everyone happy at this time,” Peach said. 
 Across the lot, you can find inflatables, photo ops, and trees decorated by local nonprofits and businesses.
Peach is also working on a spot for Santa to visit and there's a mock setup of Clark Griswold’s station wagon and Cousin Eddie's RV from Peach's favorite movie, ‘National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation.’ 
Police Chief of Blooming Prairie, Greg Skillestad works with Peach and says his holiday spirit is contagious. 

“It's great that he takes initiative to do this on her own and he gets everyone hyped up for Christmas. That's what's so great about it,” Skillestad said

"I just want everyone to enjoy Christmas,” Peach said.
 The event is free to the public. They also have a community tree that the public is encouraged to decorate. 

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