FORESTVILLE - Jolly Old Saint Nick visited the Village of Forestville Saturday afternoon and brought smiles to all the eager happy children.
Forestville enjoyed their first Christmas Parade and wouldn't allow the rain to damper their spirits.
Upon arrival on the horse drawn carriage Santa Claus took his seat near the cozy cardboard fire-place and christmas tree decorated in blues and whites.
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The Forestville Parade gave the Fairbanks a chance to give Jolly Old Saint Nick a ride to the Fire Hall.
Each child who entered the Forestville Fire Hall was given a number in which they could sit on Santa's lap and tell him what they wanted for Christmas.
While waiting their turn, some children gathered around a long table and created wooden ornaments; others found their way to the hot cocoa and cookies.
One Forestville child said he would use his time with Santa to ask for presents for his parents this year.
Carol Woodward, Vice-President of the Forestville Central School Board of Education, said she hopes to have the parade again next year.
"It was awesome," she said. "I think we had a great turnout despite the weather."
Sylvester Cleary, the president of the Forestville Central School Board of Education, said he was pleased with how the parade turned out.
"It was brief but good," he said.
Forestville residents enjoyed the parade as well.
Life-long resident Amy Drozdziel said she had a lot of fun.
"We took a ride in the horse carriage," she said. "It was fun; this is a great place to live."
Quasonn Allen said he liked the parade even though it was short.
"Santa waved at me from the carriage," he said.
There was a home decoration contest and the winners were Terry and Lori Strong of Swan Street.
Woodward would like to thank Ray Woodward for donating wooden ornaments for the children to paint; and the Forestville Youth Rec, Forestville Fall Festival Committee, and Forestville Fire Hall for helping to make the day magical.
Prizes were given to those who participated in the floats for the parade.
First place went to the Schneider-Rebman family for putting together a float for the soldiers fighting overseas.
The float showcased a lone christmas tree, which symbolizes those who can not come home for Christmas.
Second place went to the Fairbanks for their horse drawn carriage.
Third place went to the Forestville Fall Festival Carolers for their carolers float.
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