CACHE, Okla_This weekend would've been the eighth year for a popular live nativity scene in Cache, but old man winter came early and forced the event to be canceled.
The First United Methodist Church of Cache puts on this Christmas show, and in years past, as many as 1,500 people have traveled from as far away as Amarillo to experience it.
The snow has stuck around longer then they anticipated and when the snow does melt they are afraid it will turn the ground to mud, possibly causing the trailers people will be riding on to get stuck. Safety is their main concern, and they have put off canceling the event in hopes the sun would come out and make conditions better but at this point they know that won't happen.
Over one hundred people have been working for three months to prepare for this year's live nativity scene, including Don Hawthorne, who for the past seven years has been the guide.
"There is a lot of work that goes into setting up the sets, like the reverend said learning all the lines and all the work that's gone into it by volunteers. To have to cancel it is kind of sad," said Don Hawthorne.
Pastor Mike Winchell says a group of volunteers met at the location today to see if anyone had an idea how to make this work.
"I was late coming here because my neighbor was sad, he says he has fifteen grandchildren he wanted to bring," said Mike Winchell.
This would've been Pastor Winchell's first year to experience the nativity scene.
"I'm really disappointed; I was looking forward to it. As we were leaving this scene backing up to return to the present, I had kind of hoped to have conversation with people about what this meant on that night a long time ago," said Winchell.
The live nativity trail begins by putting around twenty-five people in a trailer and they make the trip to Bethlehem to pay their taxes, just like Mary and Joseph did. The whole Christmas story is played out with the wise men, the shepherds and even donkeys.
"Seeing the reaction of people when we get to the manger. It's such a neat site, it looks like a Christmas card and they are part of it. And that's the part I enjoy the most," said Hawthorne.
Pastor Winchell says they thought about having the nativity scene next weekend, but with it being so close to Christmas they were afraid they wouldn't have enough cast members for the full show.