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CITV parade and craft fair
RIVER VALLEY -- Christmas in the Valley, featuring the 10 towns in the River Valley, kicks off on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m. with the Christmas in the Valley Parade, sponsored by the River Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Rumford Fire Department.
The parade will start at Mountain Valley High School with a 5 p.m. lineup and a 6 p.m. start.
“A Maine Christmas “is the theme. The parade will wind its way from the high school down through Waldo Street, up Rumford Avenue and around the rotary and onto Congress Street where Santa will wave his hands at the head of Congress Street and the Christmas tree will magically light up officially, starting the holiday shopping on Shopper’s Island.
After the parade, Santa will greet the children at the fire station.
Anyone interested in having a float in the parade please fill out a parade registration form from the River Valley Chamber of Commerce and drop it off at the chamber office at the Information Center. There will be two categories for the floats; non-profit/civic and business/commercial. There will be banners for the winners of these two categories placed in front of their float for the parade.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Christmas in the Valley Craft Fair takes place at MVHS from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event is also sponsored by the River Valley Chamber of Commerce. A total of 56 crafters and seven home-based businesses will feature their crafts and wares. The one dollar donation at the door will help the Interact Group with their upcoming activities.
Come early to pick up your holiday cookies at the always popular Cookie Walk, where over 70 dozen will be on hand. The Kid’s Corner, under the supervision of the Interact Group, will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The children can come and play games, win prizes and have their photo taken with Mr. & Mrs. Frosty for a $2 donation.
Need a great Christmas gift? Take chances on a wooden wagon filled with gifts for the whole family that will be raffled off at the end of the day to some lucky person. Raffle tickets are $1 for one or six for $5. Tickets will be available at the CITV apparel table, located near the door as you enter the gym. Proceeds from this go to the scholarship funds for Mountain Valley and Dirigo high schools. Another favorite raffle on hand will be Jennifer Kreckel’s famous cookies; stop by the CITV booth to buy your tickets.
Don’t forget to get your tickets for the Chinese Auction where each crafter present will donate one of their wares to be raffled off.
This year’s kitchen will be stocked and run by the Rumford/River Valley Relay For Life committee with all the kitchen proceeds going to Relay For Life. Breakfast will consist of donuts, coffee cake, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Lunch is going to have a turkey pie plate with all the fixings, chili, hot dogs or chili dogs, and homemade apple pie or brownies for dessert. The committee will also be selling pies so pick yours up for your holiday festivities. Advance orders; call Diane Mitchell at 364-8358. (Mince meat pies available on pre-orders only.)
New will be a pie contest hosted by Relay For Life. Who makes the best pie in the River Valley? The pie contest will take place in the cafeteria at 11 a.m. and slices of such pies will be sold thereafter. Pie contestants will have to fill out an entry form available from Cheryl at Erik Designs; ribbons of the top three pies will be awarded. For more information, call Cheryl at 369-9008 or stop by Erik Designs on Rte. 108 in Rumford.