Nearly 160 excited children of all ages saw their dreams come true as they got to visit directly with Santa on Thursday, December 13, when the merry old gentleman dropped into Iroquois.
Santa landed at the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch # 370, to greet his many fans. He took his place in his special chair, and with Elf Paul (Paul Robertson of the Iroquois-Matilda Lions) handing out treats, he listened to many Christmas wishes. By all accounts, it was a very successful visit before Santa had to rush back to the North Pole to continue to get ready for the Big Night.
“Everyone had a great time,” said Candace Menges, representing the Iroquois and District Business Group, who along with the Royal Canadian Legion, sponsored and organized Santa’s visit to town. Byers Furniture and Appliances joined the Iroquois-Matilda Lions in seeing that every child visiting Santa got a special treat.
Donald Barkley donated his tractor and wagon to take many of the children and parents on an exciting hay ride around the town. Leading that procession were the OPP auxiliary and a truck from the Fire Department, itself lit up like a Christmas tree.
And just in case anyone got cold on the hay ride, parents and teachers from Iroquois Public School served up homemade hot chili and hot dogs (given by Donald Barkley) as part of a fund raiser to purchase new SmartBoards.
Besides visiting Santa, young visitors could enjoy crafts at the Early Years Learning Centre, count gumballs for prizes or seek out some hidden elves.
Nate Murray and his friend Mitchell Woodward found the hidden elves and shared in a prize of $100 in Iroquois and District Business Group gift certificates. Rhiannon Beckstead won the bubble gum guessing contest, while colouring contest winners were Sarah Stewart, Keaton Urquhart and Dylan Cowan-Kennedy.
The Iroquois Legion was definitely the place to be on Thursday afternoon, when Santa Claus came to town.