From Staff Reports

While Prosper Christmas Festival organizers may still be struggling with what costume to

wear for trick-or-treating, they’ve also got their eye on potential sponsors, vendors and performers for the annual

Yuletide street party, according to Melissa Randle, community organizer and chair of this year’s Christmas Festival

steering committee.

The yearly event, now into its second decade, takes over the entire Prosper downtown area with food,

entertainment, fun, shopping, rides, contests, a parade and thousands of visitors from near and far. Set this year for

Saturday, Dec. 14, the festival is once again seeking sponsors to help defray the cost of putting on the event,

vendors to set up booths and performers to entertain attendees.

The festival does not charge an entry fee to patrons and parking and shuttle services to the festival site are both

free. This year, the festival will start at 4 p.m. and run through to 8 p.m. Booths, downtown businesses and floats are all

asked to use colored lights, in keeping with the Showcase of Lights theme.

"We are forever grateful to the sponsors and vendors who’ve stepped up in previous years," said Randle. "Without them, there is no way we would have been nearly as successful as we’ve been," she added.

This year, the call is going out for sponsors at any one of the five levels available. These sponsor levels, which

will help defray the overall expenses of the festival, include Patron, donating $5,000 or more; Gold, $3,500 or more;

Silver, donating $2,500 or more; Bronze, donating $1,000 or more; and Friends of Prosper for a donation of $500 or

more.

The various levels offer a variety of opportunities for the sponsoring business or individual to receive recognition

such as banners, logo placements, live announcements, inclusion in publicity materials, and booths at the festival.

"Some potential sponsors have already stepped forward and shown an interest, and that has made us very

excited about the prospect of obtaining sponsors at all of the various levels," said Randle.

Retail vendors of all varieties are being solicited. The goal is to help festival patrons get some of their Christmas

shopping done while enjoying the festivities. Booths are available in various sizes and amenities.

"And, of course, singers, choirs, dancers, musicians and other entertainers are always an important part of the

festival and the more of them we can have, the better everyone likes it," she added.

More information is available from Melissa Randle at specialevents@prospertx.gov.