Volunteers of all ages gathered inside Buckley’s City Council chambers last year to prepare lights and decorations for the first-ever Merry on Main event on Main Street. Contributed photo

Volunteers of all ages gathered inside Buckley’s City Council chambers last year to prepare lights and decorations for the first-ever Merry on Main event on Main Street. Contributed photo

Students work to bring holiday cheer to Buckley

It’s the second annual Merry on Main, brought to you by the White River High School DECA club.

White River High School’s DECA program is in the midst of learning how to gather the community together for the holidays.

The student project is the Merry on Main event, which started last year as a way to liven up Buckley’s Main Street during the winter season. This is the first year the DECA students are taking on the project.

“It allows us to step out of our comfort zone, and become leaders and work on communication, marketing skills, everything like that,” said WRHS DECA President Kennedy Wagner.

The whole Merry on Main project began when the White River Families First Coalition pushed into White River middle and high schools to ask students what was lacking in their community, and what they could do about it; one student said they wish Main Street was utilized more during the holidays, since Buckley historically has just had a tree lighting event, and not much else in terms of celebration.

It was first organized by Sandra Smith, who turned the reins over to Wagner and other students for the 2019 event.

“Our goal this year, as a team of officers, was to get more involved in the community,” said Kaley O’Day, another DECA student. “Initially, we weren’t really sure how we were going to do that — it almost perfectly fell into our lap with Merry on Main. It allowed us to contact and get more involved with local businesses, which our goal really was this year.”

Under the DECA club’s instruction, there will be a free cocoa bar and carolers at Anchor House Coffee every Saturday from 6 to 7 p.m. starting right after the city’s tree lighting on Nov. 30. The event ends Dec. 22 with a Mid-Day Men’s Chorus Performance on Main Street at Anchor House at 6 p.m., followed by a live music jam session on Main Street from 7 to 8 p.m.

The DECA club has also secured a 26-foot lighted holiday tree that will be put up at Buckley’s Veterans Memorial Park, and is organizing other student clubs’ involvements.

“We’re trying to get students at the school who are painters to paint windows on Main Street and the businesses, so we’re including more clubs from White River High School in Merry on Main,” O’Day continued.

The eventual goal, said Caleb Starr, is to put help make Buckley more of a destination, rather than a drive-through.

“As it stands currently, Buckley isn’t a very well-known city, compared to Bonney Lake or Puyallup,” Starr said. “I feel like having our own little town event that people like flocking to and seeing will not only put us on the map, but also increase business downtown.”

Starr added that business owners are already excited to participate, despite how young the event is.

“They like getting into the spirit, and I think it’s just beneficial for everybody,” he continued.

The DECA club is inviting people to help decorate Main Street by attending a decorating party, slotted for Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to noon, starting at the Buckley council chambers building at 811 E. Main St., Buckley.

For more information about Merry on Main, head to https://www.facebook.com/BuckleyMerryOnMain/.


Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@courierherald.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.courierherald.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 500 words or less.

More in Life

Three drive-in films set for Kent’s ShoWare Center Aug. 12-16

‘The Lion King,’ ‘Ghostbusters’ and ‘Gremlins’

Black Diamond Community Center hosts garage sale; Ten Trails starts scavenger hunt

The garage sale is Aug. 6 through 9, but the scavenger hunt lasts all month, with weekly prizes.

Wilkeson gets informational kiosk, will participate in Trails Day

This was a first step in highlighting recreational opportunities in the Carbon River Valley.

Safe swimming in COVID times

Wear a life jacket, sanitize often, and when you’re not swimming — wear a mask.

2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid. Courtesy photo
2020 Honda CR-V Hybrid | Car review

There’s a reason Honda’s CR-V has been America’s top-selling crossover vehicle over… Continue reading

2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew Lariat. Courtesy photo
2020 Ford Ranger SuperCrew Lariat | Car review

Ford’s venerable compact Ranger pickup went away for a while. But it… Continue reading

Weekend livestock show fills the void for kids and their animals

You can still live bid at the Expo Center, or, for the first time, bid online.

Washington State Fair cancelled

COVID-19 outbreak claims another event

Wear your mask, keep your distance | Public Health Insider

A King County survey shows that more people are wearing masks, but less are social distancing

Enumclaw library materials available with Curbside to Go

You can make an appointment on the myLIBRO mobile app or just walk up to the table they have out front.

State Parks announces two new free days in the fall

These days replace the Spring free day, April 11, and Earth Day, April 22.

Enumclaw High’s graduating class of 2020 was honored with a parade and concert Monday afternoon at the Expo Center. The event was put together in a week, following a phone call from country artist Drew Baldridge. More than 200 vehicles gathered on the midway, filled with grads, family and friends. After Baldridge performed three songs, the crowd was led from the Expo Center by grad Cooper Hanson in a John Deere tractor. Photo by Kevin Hanson
Special events highlight EHS Class of 2020

Hornets had an afternoon graduation parade and concert at the Enumclaw Expo Center, followed by an evening program aired on ECTV.