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Get ready for Crawford's parade, tree festival

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North Fork businesses can start thinking of a theme for their trees after the Crawford Pioneer Days committee announced that it would lead efforts to keep the annual Parade of Lights and Festival of Trees from being canceled.

"We decided we don't want to see events in Crawford dry up," said CPD chair Tristan Pfeffer. "We're hoping to put new energy into it."

The committee is using its Pioneer Days connections and resources to grow the parade from years past and is hoping to get more businesses to donate trees and wreaths for the festival, said Pfeffer. "We're trying to reach out to all businesses in the North Fork area."

As it has been for years, the Parade of Lights will be held the Friday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 27) beginning at 6 p.m. Immediately afterward, the Methodist Church will host the annual chili and nachos dinner and sell cookies by the pound. Santa Claus is expected to make an appearance and is bringing goody bags.

The Fruitland Mesa Club will also hold its annual arts and crafts fair that Friday and Saturday in the Community Room at the newly-remodeled Town Hall. The fair and Festival of Trees will also be held at Town Hall.

This is the third annual Festival of Trees. Trees and wreaths can be delivered Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 23 and 24, and can be decorated on site. Three of the trees will be chosen for a silent auction. Tickets are available for a drawing to win the remaining trees and wreaths. Tickets can also be used to vote for People's Choice.

Trees will be on display until Dec. 4. The community room will be open daily from 4-7 p.m. between Nov. 30-Dec. 3. Activities will include ornament-making and story telling by Mrs. Claus, and a local school choir and band will each entertain one of the evenings. The schedule will be available prior to the event. Kids can also write letters to be delivered to Santa Claus on one of the evenings, and refreshments will be served nightly.

The festival will culminate on Friday, Dec. 4 with the annual community potluck and drawings for the tree giveaway and naming of the People's Choice award.

All proceeds will benefit the North Fork Montessori School at Crawford. For details, email tristan.pfeffer@gmail.com or call Lynn at 921-5252.

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