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Brasher holding Christmas tree lighting ceremony Friday

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BRASHER FALLS - The Brasher Christmas tree has been decked out in lights, and all that remains is to flip the switch to turn them on during the seventh annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Friday.

The crowd will gather at 5:30 p.m. and the festivities will get underway at 5:45 p.m. with the actual lighting at 6 p.m. sharp.

But the event, organized by the Tri-Town Chamber of Commerce and town of Brasher, is much more than just lighting up the tree next to the municipal building, according to chamber President Allen W. Fukes.

“Santa Claus might be bouncing around between 5:30 and 6 near the tree. At 6 p.m. he’ll be up in Crapser Hall to give candy canes” and listen to children’s Christmas wish lists, Mr. Fukes said.

The Quad Town Lions Club will also be on hand to serve hot chocolate, and Christmas carols will be sung at the Tri-Town Rescue Squad building, where they’ll have popcorn to snack on.

New this year will be music by the Tri-Town Entertainers.

“They’re a chorus group of approximately 10 to 12 people. They’re going to be entertaining probably around a quarter to six until six o’clock,” Mr. Fukes said.

After that, they will join Santa and others in Crapser Hall for more music.

“We’ll have the Tri-Town Entertainers again up there for probably 45 minutes to an hour starting at about a quarter after six. We’ll have Christmas music being played up there until probably around 8,” he said.

Daisy the Clown will be offering face painting and temporary tattoos in Crapser Hall, and participants are also invited to make their own Christmas tree decorations at the craft table and might win a prize for their efforts.

Also on the agenda are wagon rides around the block following the Christmas tree lighting. Personnel from Brasher-Winthrop Fire, North Lawrence Fire, Lawrenceville Fire, Helena Fire and Rescue, Tri-Town Rescue Squad and West Stockholm Fire will be at the intersections for traffic control, Mr. Fukes said.

The St. Lawrence Central Class of 2014 will be selling 50/50 tickets to support the all-night graduation party, with the lucky ticket being drawn at 7:30 p.m.

There will also be two other drawings, Mr. Fukes said they have four bicycles that will be awarded to children in two different age groups, and also two snow sleds that will be awarded to children in two age groups. Funding for those drawings was provided by the town of Brasher.

Mr. Fukes said it promises to be a festive time for everyone who attends.

“Hopefully some of the downtown businesses will stay open,” he said.

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