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Santa and friends ‘light up’ Fort Kent

FORT KENT, Maine — Santa and Mrs. Claus handed out more than 100 gifts Saturday night, Nov. 26, at Fort Kent’s annual tree lighting festivities at Monument Square. Each child that met with Santa also received a cookie.

With large snowflakes falling from the night sky, Santa arrived to the event thanks to help from the Fort Kent Fire Department. It did not take long for children to surround him and Mrs. Claus as they made their way to the porch at the entrance to the Fort Kent Public Library. It was from there that Santa took a seat and, with assistance from his helpers, greeted each child in the long line that had formed.

Many people were up visiting family for the Thanksgiving week, and the cordoned-off intersection was full of children making snowmen and enjoying the relatively mild evening. Last year’s tree lighting took place under much more frigid conditions.

With help from the crowd, organizers counted down until the new lights turned on. With help from local sponsors, the Lions Club was able to purchase new lights this year, which were strung over the large spruce tree in front of the library.

Here is a video of Lions Club members and their little helpers preparing to string the new lights.

The event is organized by the Greater Area Fort Kent Chamber of Commerce in collaboration with the Fort Kent Lions Club, said Dona Saucier, the chamber’s Executive Director. Several chamber board members baked the cookies.

More than 40 local merchants, organizations and individuals helped sponsor the event this year, Saucier said.

Frenchville is celebrating its tree lighting at 3:15 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 1 at the Frenchville Heritage Park. Madawaska will have its tree lighting at 6 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 11 at the Farmers’ Market, next to McDonald’s.

The following is a video of children singing a holiday classic at the Fort Kent tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 26, 2016:

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