That morning Cloverdale High School's auxiliary gym still hosted an arts and crafts fair. The combination of bad weather and the parade being cancelled did affect the fair though.
"(The turnout) wasn't too good, with the weather and everything," said Jean Crumrin, one of the vendors at the fair.
The arts and crafts fair and the Just Dessert event later in the day were both held to benefit the Clothe a Child charity. The dessert event involved sweets, coffee, tea, a performance and a silent auction. Lita Sandy with Clothe a Child said the group helps area students in need of new clothing. The group works with Cloverdale Elementary nurse Jennifer Walters to identify families that could use the help.
"Families come in that are needy and fill out forms in the Cloverdale Community Schools," Sandy said. "Those names are turned over to our group of people and we shop for them for Christmas. We try to spend about $100 on each child. We get the things they need before the things they want, such as toys."
Sandy said that the group had 34 children they were trying to benefit this year. Although she said that there were around 20 vendors at the fair on Saturday, Sandy acknowledged that there were less people this year as a result of the weather and the cancelled parade.
Sandy said that anyone who wanted to donate could send a check to Clothe a Child at P.O. Box 75, or go to any First National Bank in the Cloverdale or Greencastle area to make a direct donation.
First National Bank is helping in other ways, too; employees of the bank performed at the show Saturday night. The show is a part of the Just Dessert event.
"Our show (Saturday night) is all about community involvement," She said. "Our opening number is a Broadway (performance) with a group of people from the Cloverdale First National Bank. They're very excited about doing that."
Across town at Endeavor Communications, their Santa Workshop event for customers also had a slower turnout than usual.
"We've got a pretty small turnout, what with no parade this year," said Bruce Barnett, a network engineer who was helping to print pictures with Santa Claus. " Last year at this time, we had 150 people's pictures processed. This year, we've had about 25."
Barnett said that the pictures at the event were available online, but with a randomized number code, so that only the parents who have the code can view a child's pictures.
Dalton Weist was running around the event, using parts of the office as a fort. Weist, whose father was wearing the Santa costume, explained where the real jolly fat man was.
"The real Santa is at Walmart," Weist said.