Winterfest promises fun Saturday

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By Jeff M. Hardison

The 2007 Christmas and Winter Festival, which is scheduled to be from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Trailhead Park, promises to include music, skits, food, crafts, a parade and Santa Claus.

Sponsored by the Greater Chiefland Area Chamber of Commerce and the city of Chiefland, the annual event shows promise of being the best ever this year.

The show starts at 9 a.m. in Trailhead Park, which holds the Chiefland Train Depot and the Chamber office at 23 S.E. First Ave.

Vendors include the Chiefland High School Band Boosters with grilled chicken dinners, Calvary Worship Center with hot dogs, chili, nachos and beverages, Belly Busters Barbecue, South Chiefland Development Corp. with Brunswick stew, Chiefland Woman's Club with baked goods and cocoa, the CHS Junior Class with baked goods, Chiefland Elementary School safety patrol with coffee, cocoa and water, Antique Agriculture Machinery Association with lemonade and boiled peanuts, and other providers with funnel cakes, elephant ears and other beverages.

Among the crafts for sale and show will be figurines, glow necklaces, jewelry, gourds and woodcrafts.

The Friends of the Luther Callaway Public Library have scheduled a raffle for a big box of great goodies, including chocolate candy and coupons for pizza. Bosshardt Realty is scheduled to have a raffle for a grill as well.

Entertainment slated for the stage begins at noon. Singer Lori Prevatt, members of the Hardeetown Baptist Church Choir and First United Methodist of Chiefland Choir, and the Chiefland Elementary School Choir are among the vocal artists scheduled to perform.

The CHS Drama Club is set to perform skits related to health. D & D Dance Studio is bringing dancers to the stage as well. Actors and singers with the Suwannee Valley Players are slated to sing carols and perform from the play Little Women. Karate demonstrations are scheduled to be performed by people who are active in Chiefland DOJO.

Other singers and performers are expected as well.

In addition to the food and fun in the park, a big parade is schedule to start at CHS at 6 p.m. and go to Trailhead Park. Lighted floats, bands, walkers cars and trucks are part of this procession.

The theme for the parade this year is "A Season for Giving."

The best three floats are slated to be on display in the park during December, Chamber President Bob Williams said.

Santa Claus is slated to listen to children's wishes for gifts after the parade winds its way to a conclusion at the park, where the fun and entertainment is set to continue.