The 10th Annual Abaco Christmas Festival was well-received by the Abaco community and off-island visitors on Dec. 7 at BAIC Park. Pastor Stephen Knowles, president of the Abaco Christian Council, was invited to open the event in prayer.
Leading off the fun-filled events was the Christmas Wreath Competition, which allowed participants to come up with the best decorated wreath in 10 minutes.
They five competitors were allowed to compete individually or as a team. In the end, the first-place trophy was awarded to Kaylee Roberts and Emily Kemp, who added a bird to the top of their wreath with a message of “Merry Christmas” hanging from the bottom. Second place went to Alanna Bass, who added a splash of hot pink to her design. Finally, Laverne Maynard, placed third for her carefully arranged selection of burnt orange, green and silver ornaments.
Stunned by the win, all Emily could say was: “My heart almost stopped.”
Soon after Santa Claus came to town in his freshly painted red sleigh – just in time to distribute candies to a throng of excited children. He took time to hug them, and listen to their Christmas wish lists. Well-thought out presents were also given to the children based on their ages, and despite stern warnings, many of them opened their gift-wrapped packages to reveal what was inside.
The Scurvy Few were also in attendance representing Toys for Tots, an organization that purchases toys every Christmas for underprivileged children.
Many other booths and vendors were on site to entertain families.