IRASBURG, VT - Each year, Bob and Rachel Booth, owners of Bob's Quick Stop on Route 14 between Irasburg and Albany, plan a huge Christmas party for area children and this year was certainly no different.
Sunday, Dec. 18, at exactly 1 PM, the Irasburg Fire Department delivered Santa (assisted by Omer Bousquet) to his chair, ready to greet the children. Fire Chief Robin Beaton noted that Santa is heavier this year so they will put more air in the truck tires next year.
Garth McKinney and Dave Miclette, playing all the favorite Christmas songs, provided live music for the afternoon.
Elaine Miclette took complimentary photos of each of the children and printed them out.
As each child went to sit with Santa, he or she was given a candy cane full of M&Ms, a large coloring/activity book, and a box of 48 crayons.
By the end of the afternoon, nearly 75 children had visited with Santa, received their gifts and had signed up for a chance to win a giant five-foot long Christmas stocking full of toys, games and candy.
At 3 PM, all of the tickets went into a bag so that Santa could draw one out.
The lucky winner this year was Alexius Johnson, two-and-a-half years old, daughter of Adam and Angelique Johnson of Irasburg.
"This is always a fun day for us," Bob Booth reported. "Children love it and we love to watch them having so much fun."
Bob also wanted to thank the firemen and everyone else who helped with the party.
When the party was over, Santa headed back to the North Pole to pack his sleigh for Christmas Eve. The children stayed to eat all the rest of the Christmas cookies!