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19 wagons roll in Halifax parade

“Christmas Is For Giving” and giving they did as excited children pulled 19 wagons decorated to fit the Christmas Spirit down the Town of Halifax’s sidwalk Friday evening.

A large group of children 12 and under, with their parents by their side, followed ‘Old Saint Nick’ himself as the children’s parade made its way to the Farmers Market.

Children participating in this year’s parade were asked to create a mini-float using a wagon to fit the theme “Christmas is for Giving.” 

Judges picked three wagons whose creative decorators took home savings accounts, and this year winning became a family affair as the winners were all cousins. 

First place winner was Samantha Vassar of Clover. Vassar is the daughter of Karen Vassar. 

According to Vassar, this is the fourth or fifth year she has participated in the children’s parade and had expressed to her mother how much she would like to win first place. 

This year she got her wish, and she is also hoping Santa will fulfill her wish of bringing her a pair of roller skates for Christmas. 

Second place winners were Sydney, Allyson and Madison Toler of Clover. 

 These three winners are the daughters of Kaye Tanner and Jeff Toler. 

After winning, the three girls said they even had the help of their toddler sister, Kayleen Tanner. 

Third place winner was Sabrina Covington of Clover. 

Covington is the daughter of Ann and Claude Covington. 

Following the parade, guests took part in a tree lighting ceremony at the Halifax Farmers Market. 

After the tree was lit, everyone joined in voicing Christmas cheer as they sung Christmas carols.  

Inside the Farmers Market, children were given the chance to tell Santa what they wanted as well as to have their photo taken with him.    

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