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  • Area residents enjoy annual Winterfest

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  • DOLGEVILLE — Seven-year-old Zachary Simons decided only one person could hear what he wanted for Christmas this year.
    Santa Claus.
    When he had a chance to meet the jolly old elf himself at the Dolgeville Fire Station, he whispered what he hopes to see under the Christmas tree in his ear.
    Crystal Squires, of Dolgeville, said he had been waiting for this.
    “He wanted to see Santa,” said Squires about why she attended the event with her son.
    Eager children lined up to meet Santa, along with Zachary, as part of the 3rd annual Winterfest on Saturday.
    “It’s just to spread some holiday cheer,” said Julie Izzo, vice-president of the Violet Festival committee.
    While waiting for Santa Claus to arrive, children played with Hula Hoops, decorated their own cupcakes and made reindeer dust, along with a Chinese auction. Sue and Carl Stallman gave wagon rides with their Belgian working horses around the village and sang Christmas carols. Santa took a ride on the wagon with some of the visitors before meeting the children inside the fire station.
    “We’ve been playing games, making cupcakes and we made Christmas cards,” said Mark Stanley, of Dolgeville.
    Samantha Lynch, of Dolgeville, said her children wanted to see Santa Claus, too, as they decorated their own cupcakes.
    The event ran from noon to 4 p.m. A parade started in the village at 5 p.m., organized by Church Without Walls, which finished at Plowe Park where a tree-lighting ceremony was held.
    The Violet Festival Committee holds the annual event for the community, said Izzo, with profits from the concessions stand going towards the annual event, held every June. Concessions included chili, hot dogs, hot cocoa and coffee.
    Izzo said the Violet Festival Committee is currently looking for a new parade chairperson. Anyone interested can contact Izzo at (315) 429-3371.
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