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Crawford's Parade of Lights this Friday

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Photo by Tamie Meck The Festival of Trees, which runs Nov. 24-Dec. 4, is one of the many holiday events taking place in Crawford. The Parade of Lights happens this Friday night, and the annual Fruitland Mesa Craft Show runs Friday and Saturday.

The Town of Crawford is gearing up for a long list of holiday events, most of which will be held at the newly-remodeled Town Hall. For those who haven't seen the new Town Hall, festivities will run Nov. 27 through Dec. 4, providing numerous opportunities to see all of the work, said organizer Tristan Pfeffer.

For those wanting to shop locally, the Fruitland Mesa Club Craft Show runs from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, in the Town Hall community room.

Festivities begin Friday evening with the annual Parade of Lights. Floats should be parade-ready and at the Methodist Church parking lot by 5:30 p.m. Parade watchers can stay warm inside the Methodist Church while waiting for the parade, where the annual Chili and Nacho Dinner will also be served from 5-7 p.m.

Fire trucks and floats will wind their way from the church to the newly-remodeled Town Hall, and it's rumored that both Santa and Mrs. Claus will be in the parade. Following the parade, enjoy refreshments at Town Hall, visit with Santa, and have family portraits taken by Wild Country Photography.

The annual Festival of Trees starts Friday night and runs through Dec. 4. Throughout the week of Nov. 30-Dec. 4, Town Hall will be open from 4-7 p.m. daily. Visitors can vote on their favorite tree for the People's Choice award, enjoy cider and hot chocolate while the kids make ornaments and other Christmas crafts or write letters to Santa Claus.

Entertainment will be offered each day throughout the week. On Monday, Mrs. Claus will read stories from 4-7 p.m. On Tuesday the North Fork Montessori at Crawford choir will perform at 4 p.m., followed by the telling of the Biblical Christmas story and singing of carols.

Wednesday evening, Donna Saunders will sing holiday songs. On Thursday, Young at Heart will perform from 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 4, is the finale of the Festival of Trees. Musicians David and Tamara Hauze will perform acoustic music from 5-7 p.m. The Community Holiday Potluck dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. From 6-7, the Montessori School will present its Winter Music Program at the school. At 7 p.m., dessert will be served at Town Hall, drawings for trees will be held, and the People's Choice award and winning bidders in the silent auction for the trees will be named. Tickets for the drawing are $1, or 6 for $5, and are available each day during the Festival of Trees.

The Crawford Pioneer Days committee is organizing the parade and festival after the group that put it on the last few years announced in late October that it would no longer be hosting the event. "For starting as late as we did, I think we're doing really good," said Pfeffer. Next year's Pioneer Days theme has already been selected, said Pfeffer. "We're going to use the theme of 'So True Red White and Blue."

For more information, visit www.crawfordcountry.org.

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