LAS CRUCES – “Happy Grinchmas!” The Grinch is back in Las Cruces this year, showing up in town and causing “trouble”.
Robert Farr said last year he decided to put the green suit on for fun, to pass the time while his 7-year-old daughter Fallon went on vacation with her mother. Not wanting to be alone, Farr raised the idea of the Grinch with his boss at Stull Real Estate. He started causing “mayhem” when he got the green light.
“Everyone here in December is Santa, you never see the Grinch,” Farr said. “I want to choose something that will be out there.”
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Almost every weekday, Farr posts his next location on the Las Cruces Community Watch Facebook page. Locations included the Plaza de Las Cruces, outside the Walmart Supercenter on Walton Boulevard, a house on Sierra de Oro Place with Christmas lights and even a ribbon cut for the renamed Family and Youth Innovations Plus. His weekends were filled with birthday parties, parades, and other events.
Farr said last year he ran the aisles of Walmart and other stores to scare people and got a lot of compliments. That year he said more people turned up to see him than he expected. The uncertainty of what the Grinch might do keeps things exciting.
He said his daughter was embarrassed to see him dressed like that, but he still picks her up from school in costume on Fridays.
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“It’s like a memory to her in the end, you know. Hopefully she’ll find this kind of funny,” Farr said, laughing.
In the future, Las Crucens could capture Farr dressed up as off-the-beat characters for other holidays. But for now, people can keep track of where the Grinch will be each night by checking the community Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/LCCWATCH/. Farr said he plans to continue his fun through December 31st.
Leah Romero is the hip reporter for Las Cruces Sun-News and can be reached on Twitter at 575-418-3442, [email protected] or @rromero_leah.