Community turns out for Christmas season kick-off events

Callie Hermanson
Lakeside Leader

Although it is still November Slave Lakers jumped right on into the Christmas season with the annual Chamber of Commerce Santa Claus parade, Light-Up and Moonlight Madness events on Friday, November 16. The Christmas Craft Sale was also incorporated into the overall event this year.

Kim Hughes of the Chamber says this year they held a window decorating contest to see which business got the opportunity to light the tree downtown in Citizens Park. The contest was judged by the Slave Lake Animal Rescue Committee and the winner was Tim Hortons restaurant.

At Citizens Park, Franklin Parts created a big bonfire to keep community members nice and toasty and Jack Pine Dental Hygiene did a hot chocolate fundraiser (for the Slave Lake Gymnastics Association) which brought in $350 says Hughes.

Hughes says the parade was successful with 30 floats in total. The parade was judged by the Slave Lake Kinettes and the winners were Slave Lake Motorsports for best commercial float, Tolko Industries Slave Lake for best overall float and the Slave Lake Northern Gateway Motorcycle Association were the winners for the Spirit of Slave Lake.

“Huge thank you to Dennis Roth for being our parade marshall,” said Hughes on the Chamber’s Facebook page, “and to the Town of Slave Lake, especially Calvin and all of the operations staff.”

The Christmas Craft Sale part of the ‘Light-Up’ event went quite well too. Organizer Kate Stamp says about 1,400 people (which doesn’t count the little kids), attended the show at the MRC, which was more than last year. The number of vendors also exceeded last year’s total, with 32 of the 76 being first-timers.

“It was chaotic but fun,” Stamp says.

A couple of the vendors were regulars at the Chamber of Commerce’s Farmers’ Market and by the end of the event “they had almost sold out,” Stamp says. One sold honey, the other baked and canned goods.

Victim Services ‘photos with Santa’ fundraiser was packed the whole time, Stamp says.

Helping with setting up, taking down and parking were the Slave Lake Army Cadets and the Boys & Girls Club. Both will receive donations from the Slave Lake Adult Education Committee (the organizing body) for their efforts. Other donations from the proceeds will go to the Santas Anonymous and food bank programs, run by the Slave Lake Native Friendship Centre.

Colourful stuff at the Christmas Craft Sale at the MRC. Photo courtesy Christopher Brown.

Winning windows

The Tim Hortons display won the Chamber of Commerce window decorating contest. The prize was the right to flip the switch on the community Christmas tree on the evening of November 16.

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