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Santa plans Saturday appearance in Barton

by: NEWS PHOTO: SCOTT JORGENSEN - Barton Store owner Priti Mittal and employee Nancy Dean pose in Santa's sleigh. At first glance, one could mistake Barton resident Don Burton for Santa Claus — without a beard.

Burton has been busy ensuring a merry Christmas is had by all in Barton and already has laid plans for next year’s festivities.

Santa is scheduled to appear 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, at the Barton Food Mart, located off Highway 224. The scene there is already set, complete with a 6-foot sleigh and a pile of donated presents placed under a huge Christmas tree.

Keeping true to the Christmas spirit, the tree was donated by the McKenzie Tree Farm and the sled was provided by Edgewater Cabinets in Boring.

Burton said he had planned to park the sleigh at nearby Barton Park, but his tractor broke down, so it ended up inside the store instead.

Next year, Burton hopes to have an elaborate Christmas Village set up at Barton Park, complete with a Santa House.

A member of the Clackamas County Parks Advisory Board, Burton said the village and house can be set up at the park’s picnic area. There, he envisions merchants manning booths and tables, Christmas trees for sale, and rides for kids on a larger sleigh being pulled by a tractor.

Burton said he’s confident he’ll get approval from the parks department for next year’s event. He anticipates that the lumber for the village structure would be donated and a local sawmill would be willing to cut it.




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