Santa made his first appearance in Grayson County this year during Sherman’s “Christmas in July” event Saturday on the Grayson County Courthouse lawn.

“This year Sherman Main Street took this event on, and we wanted to keep it just as good as it was last year,” Sherman Tourism/Main Street Manager Sarah McRae said. “Bringing everyone together is good, but we do not want children to get bored during the summer. We wanted to have older fun things like hopscotch games and limbo. Things kids do not do at home as much as they used to. They have video games now. Sherman has such a sweet old school kind of feel — a sweet hometown feel — we wanted to bring some of those aspects out and just nod to what has always been here.”

About 60 local businesses had booths on the courthouse lawn and McRae said each business was asked to provide a free activity for children at their booth.

“Sometimes people say there is not enough to do in Sherman,” McRae said. “When I hear that, I just say, ‘You are not looking hard enough.’ Our Parks and Recreation (Department) has a booklet listing all the things that we have to do around here. They are known for doing a lot of free events. I love that we have so many organizations that have these same common goals. We also have so many people providing services to the public at no costs. That’s just so great for this city. You do not get that everywhere.”

The Sherman farmer’s market is open every Saturday in the parking lot across the street from the courthouse and in honor of “Christmas in July,” local farmers brought animals to the market Saturday for children to pet and learn about.

“They are always awesome, but this weekend they participated in their own little way,” McRae said. “They had pictures with the little pig and their own activities for children over there. Everyone likes to buy local so it was nice for people to have the opportunity to shop there and then come over here.”

Chris and Susan Evans did just that. They brought their son Miles, 2, to the courthouse lawn after picking up some fresh vegetables.

“I love how Sherman keeps the energy going even after Lights on the Lake this week,” Susan Evans said. “There is just so much to do around here. This is a great place for us to raise our son. This event shows that not only are the businesses important to this community, but the children are important because they are the future of this community.”

The event also had music, as Growing in Blue Grass performed at “Christmas in July.”

“The band has been together for about two years,” Jacob Williams, who plays guitar and provides vocals for the band, said. “I really enjoyed playing out here today. I always enjoy playing gigs, but I really enjoy just getting to hang out with the other band members at events like this.”

Organizers also held a bicycle parade and a Hawaiian shirt contest, and the Lil’ Katy miniature train offered free rides around the square. Denison will host its “Christmas in July” festival from 4-8 p.m. on July 15 and July 29 on Main Street.