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Amboy welcomes the holiday season

Posted: Tuesday, Nov 27th, 2012

Eli Boppart enjoys toasting marshmallows on the open fire in front of the bandstand.

AMBOY - The Amboy Area Chamber of Commerce Christmas Walk, held Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, on a sunny and pleasant day, started with the arrival of Santa Claus on a fire truck and the coloring contest winners on a horse-drawn wagon. The coloring contest winners were Tori Daniels, Mallory Powers, Eli Boppart, Maeve Larson, Kaylee Scanland, Estarry Jaeveret, Natalee VanNatta, and Ellie McLaughlin. They all joined in to light the Christmas tree at the bandstand.

Families from out of town, as well as the surrounding communities, enjoyed the sights and sounds of Amboy. Many of the stores had displays, sales, and refreshments for the shoppers. Along the streets strolled Elves Vivian O'Laughlin and Abbi Vaessen, with Jack Frost Kailyn Alleven and Susie Snowflake Kaylin Dempsey.

At the library, tiny tots sat and listened to stories and made crafts to take home.

Wagon rides were again a popular treat for young and old as Marley and Charley once again made trips around the block to drop off riders at the Palmer School House where craft tables were set up.

Cookies and cider at the bandstand were enjoyed as were the marshmallows toasted on the open fire.

Children had their pictures taken with Santa and resulted in a large amount of canned goods to go into the firemen's baskets for Christmas.

Nine decorated wreaths were on display. Jars were on hand for people to put pennies in for the wreath of their choice to win. The winning wreath was made by the employees of The Amboy News. There was also a silent auction for the wreaths.

Punch cards were carried around to each business and then submitted for a drawing for a Christmas stocking stuffed with items donated by local businesses. The winners were Bobbie St. Clair and Lynn Appleman.

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