Santa Night coming to Pas Ka Poo Park

Santa Claus is coming to town and, no doubt, he has double-checked his naughty and nice list, so it would be wise for both big and little

Santa Claus is coming to town and, no doubt, he has double-checked his naughty and nice list, so it would be wise for both big and little kids to be sure their name is on the right list.

Santa Claus will be in Rimbey Friday, Nov. 28 bringing with him his faithful companion, Mrs. Claus, and no doubt, there will be a few elves around as well, handing out treats to children of all ages.

Santa will be the star attraction at Pas Ka Poo Park’s annual Santa night to be held from 3:30 to 6 p.m. at the park. Of course, one can be sure the Grinch will be hanging around as well, trying to steal a few presents and generally making a nuisance of himself.

It promises to be a great night, regardless of the weather, with lots of fun activities planned for the entire family to enjoy.

Cheryl Jones, park administrator said the Santa night committee comprised of Jackie Stratton, Cindy Bowie, Gayle Rondeel, Dawna Providenti and herself has been hard at work to ensure the evening’s success.

The evening, however, wouldn’t be possible without the help of a great many volunteers and these people come forward every year to do their part.

Stuart Lyster will provide the hayrides, Keith Kendrew will be there with his trusty donkey and Jan Slomp will bring hay bales. The wieners for the hotdogs will be supplied by Canalta, the buns donated by Rimbey Co-op and hot chocolate will be donated by Rimbey Foods.

The Nesbitt family will provide Santa’s sleigh and the Historical Society volunteers will cook hotdogs and supply condiments. Schools and 4-H clubs will also help out.

Firewood will be donated for the bonfire.

Santa Night marks the occasion when the park is lit up for the first time and all the buildings, decorated by local businesses, will sparkle as the Christmas season gets underway.

The public will have an opportunity to vote during Santa Night for the best-decorated building and a voting station will be set up.

Jones said there is a couple of buildings, open space sheds and yard space still available for any business who wants to take part in the decorating challenge.

During the evening, representatives from Rimbey Food Bank and Rimbey Boys and Girls Club will be on hand to accept donations.

“It truly is a community event and we continue to try to grow it,” said Jones. “We are always looking for more volunteers.”