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Citizens crowd Centennial Plaza to light the tree

Sandy Main Street's event draws hundreds

This year’s warmer weather gave lots of folks the opportunity to attend Sandy Main Street’s Tree Lighting Ceremony last Friday, Dec. 5.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Once Centennial Plazas tree was lit, the task of taking its picture became a focus for many local parents. Joe Crover of Gresham came up with a clever way to get daughter Rebekah, family friend Chloe and son Stephen into the shot with the tree.

According to Dave Snider, Sandy Main Street director, around 300 people packed into Sandy’s Centennial Plaza for the event.

“It was a lot better than we expected,” said Jennifer Marks, Sandy Main Street coordinator. Although Marks was not around for last year’s event, she said a lot of people at the event were saying there were more people attending this year.

Although some of it may have been the favorable weather — almost balmy compared to recent temperatures at around 40 degrees — Marks attributes the good turnout to Main Street’s efforts to get the word out about its events.

“This year, Sandy Main Street is really making an effort to focus on promotion,” Marks said. Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Although other snacks ran out, Tollgate Inns donated gingerbread men were a treat for attendees throughout the event.

The day of the event, Connie Knittel, Debbie Grimes and Lisa Foster covered the plaza in festive decorations donated for the evening by the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce.

Christmas lights and trees with ornaments handmade by students from the Oregon Trail School District were set up in and around the big white tent.

Even Santa showed up for the festivities.

Although dozens of diverse cupcakes donated by Cowgirl Cupcake and the event’s supply of hot chocolate ran out fast, the yearly supply of holiday gingerbread men donated by Tollgate Bakery gave guests something to nibble on right up until the countdown to light the tree.

The Sandy High School Choir sang Christmas carols at the lighting before moving up the block to perform at the Sandy Library’s Coffee House on the same night.Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Even Santa made an appearance at Sandys tree lighting ceremony.

Sandy Main Street had collection bins at the event for the Sandy Kiwanis Community Christmas Basket program and will continue taking donations at local businesses until Monday, Dec. 15.

Once the giant tree was lit, attendees began to disperse, taking with them bellies full of sugar and memories of a cheery night.

Photo Credit: POST PHOTO: KYLIE WRAY - Many attendees crowded into the Sandy Historical Museum for cider and crafts. Ann Marie Amsted said although the museum expected only two musicians to come, they were surprised by a whole group of them to entertain visitors.

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