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TH theater owner holds holiday bicycle give-away

Wade Kimball, the new owner of the Harbor Theater is giving away seven new bikes on Saturday. There’s still time to enter to win. Photo Tammy François

Just before Halloween, the Lake County News-Chronicle spoke to Wade Kimball, the owner of the Harbor Theater in Two Harbors. He was up to his elbows in paint, plaster and repair projects inside the structure, but he’d taken the time to decorate the front windows of the movie house for the holiday. He said he just wanted to make people smile as they walked by. This week he’s redecorated the window with a theme that’s guaranteed to put a grin on the face of even the most Grinch-y among us— a row of seven brand new bicycles. And they’re not just for show; Kimball is going to give them away.

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“They’re for the town, for the kids,” he said. There are bikes of different sizes and colors, including a tiny red and white Radio Flyer

tricycle for a lucky toddler. Kimball said he purchased the iconic trike (complete with a bell on the handle bar) from the True Value Hardware store to support local business.

Registering to win one of the bikes or the tricycle is easy. First, take a walk (or ride) to the theater at 616 Second Ave., and choose a bicycle. A tag with a number has been affixed to each bike. Next, write your child’s first name, phone number and the number of the selected bicycle on a post card or piece of paper and drop it in the box outside the theater. The drawing will be held Dec. 21 at noon, but the child need not be present to win.

Last Wednesday, Kimball and his daughter Heather were hard at work installing carpet on the theater’s newly constructed stage. The original sloped floor has been uncovered and the blue and red theater seats are slated for installation sometime in the next week or so. The tentative Christmastime opening of the movie house isn’t likely, but by all accounts, the wait will be worth it.