Crowds of people gathered in anticipation of yet another pinnacle event of the year on December 8 browsing through the myriad crafts and wares and the fantastic variety of foods at the Ninth Annual Christmas Festival.
Along with the variety of goods and treats were a number of events and entertainment; from fun competitions, to live singing as well as a visit from Old Saint Nick himself, there was something for everyone to enjoy or take part in.
While the Zion Baptist Praise Team entertained the crowd with song the first fun event got underway with a wreath making contest. Enthusiastic and creative participants young and old pulled together a variety of decorations into fantastic Christmas wreaths. After the judging was over Patricia Johnson won the top prize for her wreath.
Not to be outdone by wreaths a Christmas themed dog show followed where the pooches were able to show off their holiday styles. On this day the big dog in the competition took the prize as Shiloh Shepherd Axel – belonging to Amanda Darville – took top prize.
At just after 2pm the announcement the children had been waiting for was made and the line grew large as hundreds of young ones awaited a gift. Meanwhile Santa arrived in his sleigh and passed out candies to eager children all around.
This year not only did the dedicated men and women of Marsh Harbour Volunteer Fire and Rescue (MHVFR) have a booth with a variety of goods, but along with the Emergency Medical Service (EMS) they put on a crash rescue demonstration.
A wrecked car was brought in with a “dummy” inside for the teams to simulate a rescue. With sirens blaring the fire team showed up on the scene followed closely by the EMS crew. The EMS team stabilized the ‘victim’ while the Fire and Rescue team brought in the Jaws of Life to remove the roof of the vehicle and allow for the extraction of the injured. The crowd was very impressed with the realistic demonstration.