With hugs from Santa, bubbles, glitter and lots of whimsy, the sparkly side of Christmas was on display in Havana this past Saturday during the holiday festival and lawnmower parade that drew merrymakers of all ages.
Face painters, inflatables, food vendors and a number of crafters were among other attractions downtown.
The first-place winners of the golf cart and lawnmower parade were the Raggedy Ann and Andy lawnmower and the golf cart decorated as a castle.
Other popular entries included a little girl in a toy car and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus in a shiny red antique Plymouth.
After the parade and awards presentation, Santa Claus stuck around to hear children’s Christmas wishes and pose for photos.
April Lewis of Quincy was among the crafters selling colorful creations at the holiday festival. She said she makes beaded flowers as a hobby along with fellow-crafters Regina McDonald, who makes jewelry, and Mil Jubinsky, whose talents include quilling and crocheting.
“It’s a hobby but this is kind of an outlet for us,” she said. “We’re just hobbyists.”
Irene and Iris Kent of Tallahassee contributed to the seasonal merriment by bringing a bubble machine, capturing the attention of many children passing by.
“This is my favorite thing,” Irene Kent said. “Even as a child I loved bubbles.”
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