They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year, but after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, Haysville city workers returned to find the Christmas decorations broken and damaged.
“They just literally, on purpose broke them by hand,” said Tom Gibson, member of Haysville Pride.
Candy canes, a gingerbread house, Santa’s workshop and more now lay on the ground at W.W. Hays Village Historic Park after vandals broke some of the Christmas decorations.
“They just kind of destroyed them,” Gibson said. “I don’t know what’s going through people’s mind when they do this.”
Gibson estimates nearly $2,000 of damage was done.
“They cut cords and they broke our crystal snowmen and they’re gone,” Joni Sulanke, member of Haysville Pride aid. “Our snowman at the corner, we can’t reinflate it and we’ve had that for years and nobody every messed with it.”
Members of the Haysville Pride group decorate the park for holidays each year and the Christmas tradition has been going for nearly 20 years.
As Gibson and Sulanke walk through the damage, they’re reminded of the time and detail that went into each piece.
“I’m the guy that cuts them out, gets them ready to pain and I send them over to the ladies and the ladies paint them,” Gibson said.
The group plans to try to repair some of the pieces, while other may have to be replaced.
“We’ve got what we can together and what we can get back working,” Sulanke said.
Those in Haysville said this won’t stop them and with just days until the Village Christmas Celebration, they said there’s still plenty to enjoy and be thankful for.
“I’m not sure what satisfaction they got out of this, but it will bring us closer together and good things come out of bad things,” Sulanke said. “We’re just going to move on and be fine.”
Those with the city said the vandalism happened sometime between Wednesday night and Monday morning.
A police report has been filed. If you have any information about who may be responsible for the damage, contact Haysville Police at (316) 529-5912.