HOLT, Dec. 3, 2016—The Holt Fire District hosted it’s annual Kid’s Day activities today at the fire station and community center.
This 20-plus-year event historically occurs on the first Saturday of December and coincides with the annual Crestview Christmas parade.
Free to the public, this year’s attractions included fire trucks, ambulances and a bulldozer on display as well as bounce houses, face painting, crafts and free food and drinks.
Santa Claus was also on hand to for photos and to take Christmas requests back to the North Pole. Each child left with a present from Santa.
“It’s something we try to give back to the community every year,” said Scott Chestnut, Holt fire chief. Chestnut joined the Holt fire department in 1991.
“Last year there were 94 children; 78 attended the year before that,” said Shelly Chestnut. “It just keeps getting bigger and bigger.”
Fundraising pays for the annual event. Each year, the fire district holds four barbecue rib sales, a gun raffle and sends out an end-of-the-year donation request. Proceeds from the gun raffle go directly into the fireman’s fund to help pay for Kid’s Day.
As part of the festivities, the local chapter of the Low XII Riders Masonic Biker Association from Milton was on hand to provide participating parents with a child identification kit consisting of a DVD with name, description, fingerprints, photo and video of each child.
Local businesses provided food for today’s event. Hot dogs were donated by Susan’s Restaurant and the buns came from Sara Lee. Brown’s Grocery provided the soft drinks. Santa’s gifts came from Walgreens at a two-for-one price purchased with fundraising funds.
As the event drew to a close, firefighters shined up the trucks to get them ready to participate in Crestview’s Christmas parade.