Clarion welcomes Santa Claus to town

Proving that you are never to old for Santa Claus, the members of the Clarion Civil Air Patrol unit gave Santa a group hug Saturday night in the Clarion Veteran’s Park just after he arrived in town. Pictured in the front row, left to right are, Nicholas Penman, Zane Coil, Santa, Gavin Weaver, Olivia Miller, Alex Hummel and Ruth Askey. In the second row, left to right, are Kira Hillyard, Avery Faller, Molly Coil, Diana Hillyard and Theodore Sweet. (By Randy Bartley)
Staff writer

Clarion welcomed Santa Claus to town on Saturday evening.

A parade that included floats, singers, firetrucks, and a band preceded Santa down Main Street to Veterans Memorial Park. Santa spoke with the more than 50 children and recorded their Christmas wishes. Treats were given to the children after they visited with the “Jolly Old Elf.”

Tracy Becker, executive director of the Clarion Chamber of Business & Industry said she was “delighted” with how the event turned out.

“We missed this last year due to the COVID pandemic,” she said. “This year, it was back bigger and better than ever. The look on the kids’ faces makes it all worthwhile.”

Becker said next year she hopes to grow the trees in the park and perhaps scatter a few pop-up vendor booths among the trees.

“It would be great to have a Christmas tree forest in the park,” she said. “I would love to have something going on every weekend.”