Miss America to return home for city’s Christmas tree lighting

The city has announced that Miss America will be home for the holidays in a big way this year.

From a press release:

Miss America, Kenosha native Laura Kaeppeler, will perform during the City of Kenosha’s Christmas tree lighting program from 4 to 5 pm on Friday, November 23rd, at the Civil War Museum. Kaeppeler will perform several Christmas songs, backed up by the local jazz group, Synergy.

Children may enter their names in a drawing to assist Mayor Keith Bosman in lighting the city’s Christmas tree west of the museums. Santa Claus also is expected to make an appearance at the museum, and later will visit with people aboard the electric streetcar. Following the tree lighting, Kaeppeler will appear at the downtown Jockey Store.

The city tree lighting has traditionally taken place during the first weekend of December, and was moved to November 23rd in order to tie in with the “Lightin’ Up Downtown” celebration. Downtown businesses will offer special sales and promotions, live entertainment, family activities and more during this family-friendly event from 5 to 9 pm.  People may ride the streetcar free of charge during the “Lightin’ Up Downtown” celebration.

Kaeppeler is a 2010 graduate of Carthage College, where she majored in music, with an emphasis in vocal performance. She also is a 2006 graduate of St. Joseph High School. Kaeppeler was crowned Miss America on January 14th in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the daughter of Sue and Jeff Kaeppeler.

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