CLEARFIELD – Santa Claus came to Clearfield on Saturday. The day began at 8:00 a.m. with breakfast at the Agriculture Building at the Clearfield Fairgrounds where children ate pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs, all made by the Clearfield Fire Department. After breakfast, children could have their picture taken with Santa.
The breakfast lasted until 11:00 a.m. but by 10:30, the fire department had served about 350 people and were running out of food. According to Lou Ann Heberling, “everything is going smooth, there are lots of kids, lots of people.” Heberling is on the fire department’s Breakfast with Santa committee.
The Christmas parade was staged at Agway where onlookers waited in the snowfall for Santa to arrive by train. Around noon, the train pulled up with the fair queen’s court at the front of the train and bring up the rear was the Grinch, Santa, and Mrs. Claus. Children were able to get pictures taken with the Grinch, Santa, and Mrs. Claus. Also making and appearance were two of his reindeer.
The parade was lead by members of the United States Marine Corps Honor Guard. The Clearfield High School Bison Band played Christmas music while Brownie troops sang Christmas carols. Santa and Mrs. Claus waved at parade watchers as they rode through town on a hovercraft.
Following the parade, Santa went to the Elks where he handed out stockings to children, who also received a free hot dog and hot chocolate.
The event wrapped up on Dec. 6 with a free matinee at the Ritz Theatre with the ‘Polar Express.’ All children attending received a free small popcorn and soda pop. The movie was be hosted by the Clearfield Elks and CNB Bank.