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Hundreds brave snow storm to attend Madawaska Holiday celebration

MADAWASKA, Maine — The snow was flying Friday evening during a storm that blanketed Aroostook County but that did not stop hundreds of community members from sharing their holiday spirit at a festive parade and tree lighting celebration in Madawaska. 

A parade of 15 vehicles decorated in Christmas lights and holiday decorations kicked off the event on Friday, Nov. 26, leading to a celebration at the town’s Farmers Market in the old Kmart parking lot. 

There the community gathered for hot cocoa and caroling, and the lighting of the town tree. Santa and his elves also made an appearance and distributed treats to youngsters. 

The 10-member Madawaska Beautification Committee organized the event, which may have been made more special due to the snowy weather.

“It was a nice gentle snow; someone said it looked like a Hallmark movie,”  Committee Chair Art Lamoreau said.

The mission of the Madawaska Beautification Committee is “to present Madawaska in the best possible light and promote economic growth in the town,” Lamoreau said. 

Local businesses did their part by sponsoring decorations and other items for the event. 

“We love our town and if you want something done you need to step up to the plate,” committee member Jane Carter said. “It was for the children.”  

MADAWASKA, Maine — November 26, 2021 — Hundreds weathered a snowstorm to attend the Madawaska Christmas tree lighting. (Courtesy of Madawaska Beautification Committee)

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