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Sugar Grove Life

Photos submitted to Times Observer Santa greeted the children in the park.

‘It’s a Sugar Grove Christmas’

Santa arrived at the Sugar Grove Town Park by Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department Friday for the Sugar Grove Christmas Walk.

There were hay rides from Brian Gourley, AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary costume characters, and the

“Enchanted Fairy Troop” from Warren in a night of celebration.

Santa greeted the children in the park while the parents enjoyed hot dogs from the AMVETS elves and the Bill Gourley Memorial Hayride continued on to the Borough Building to pick up riders to enjoy the Christmas lights.

Wilcox elves were scurrying around hosting singing groups — “The Flock,” Barbershoppers, Enchanted Fairy Troop, and Denny and the Misfits — while the Bear Lake Church handed out cookies and hot chocolate on the deck.

Photos submitted to Times Observer Fireworks at the Sugar Grove Christmas Walk on Friday.

Eisenhower Elementary displayed its artwork, Paul Tutmaher showed his handmade wood carvings, and Catering Plus was decorating cookies as well.

Next door at the Sugar Grove Laundromat, children could pick a special gift from the decorated tree.

There was also a decorated tree at McKinney Funeral Home for you to place an ornament on in memory of a loved one. After grabbing a hot chocolate and cookie from the Kwik Fill, you could stroll past the beautifully-decorated Presbyterian Church and take a hat or mitten from the fence to keep warm.

There were painted faces all over town from the Town and Country while volunteers rang bells in front of the store.

Did you stop and leave your letter to Santa at the Bucket Cafe?

Photos submitted to Times Observer Dressing the part at the Christmas Walk.

You could enjoy your popcorn from the OutPost while watching the live nativity scene in the window.

You could walk past the illuminated lights to the Methodist Church to see Skip Trumball and Dick Burlingame do live wood carving, and stop at New Beginnings to sign up for a free gift certificate.

Grant Lumber had its Christmas tree and presents all ready for Santa to deliver for Christmas in front of Schuler’s hosting their holiday party.

The Beer Bank was busy with free samplings and basket sign-ups.

People ventured to the Sugar Grove Volunteer Fire Department to have a bowl of chili, cookies, and to create a children’s craft.

Photos submitted to Times Observer The Enchanted Fairytale Troop, as well as Santa, enjoy a hay ride during the Christmas Walk Friday in Sugar Grove.

They could continue on to the Sugar Grove Free Library to browse through the holiday “Usborne” book collection.

The evening ended with fireworks over the park and, after Santa greeted all the children he wandered off through the night to head back to the North Pole.

The “Sweetest Little Town” on the map becomes a hustle and bustle the night of the Christmas Walk, taking a lot of hands and creations to make it a beautiful merry, holiday event.

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