Annual Holiday Parade Festival Return Dec 7 In Queen Creek Arizona

Annual Holiday Parade Festival Return Dec 7 In Queen Creek Arizona

CALL ME TODAY FOR YOUR ARIZONA REAL ESTATE NEEDS 520-252-9640    The public can welcome in the Christ­mas season while helping to benefit nonprofit organizations by participat­ing in the 31st annual Queen Creek Holiday Festival and Parade Dec. 7.

Members of the Queen Creek Kiwanis Club, the organization presenting the event, hope this year to increase the amount of money raised to help even more local non­profi t groups, according to event chairman Jim Skiotes.
 “ We raised about $5,000 last year, of which we donated $2,500 to the Queen Creek Boys and Girls Club and the rest to other children’s charities. This year we’re hoping to raise a few thousand dollars more,” he said during a phone interview last week.While this year’s event will follow the same format as in previous years, the vari­ety of activities and rides has been expand­ed, Mr. Skiotes said.“ We’ve increased the attractions in the festival. We have bungee jumps, train rides, a petting zoo and slides. We have close to 90 entries in the parade,” he said. Holiday parade The parade route will be closed to traffic 7-11:30 a.m., Mr. Skiotes said. It will take place along South Ellsworth Road starting at 10 a.m. from the staging area at East Si­erra Park, traveling past the Queen Creek Branch Library, 21802 S. Ellsworth Road, and ending at East Victoria Lane, according to the event website: www.queencreekpa­rade. org.This year’s theme is Christmas Winter Wonderland. Local clubs, groups, organi­zations and businesses will participate in the parade, according to the website. Holiday festival At 11 a.m., the festival will open in the parking lot and grounds surrounding the Queen Creek Branch Library and Recre­ation Annex. As of Nov. 26, 52 craft and food vendors were confirmed to have booths at the festival, according to the event website: www.queencreekparade.org.A wristband will be sold for $5; it will admit its wearer to the petting zoo, bounce rides and the Ferris wheel. Tickets for the remaining rides will be sold for $1 each; the rides will require two to six tickets, Mr. Skiotes said.In addition, the festival will feature free live entertainment staged in front of the li­brary, according to a schedule provided by Mr. Skiotes. The lineup of performers is: 
  • 11-11:45 a.m.: Singer/songwriter Jef­frey Foy of Phoenix 
  • 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: A holiday play presented by the Drama in Queen Creek theater group.
  • 12:30-1 p.m.: A performance by mem­bers of the local 8 Count Dance program.
  • 1-1:30 p.m.: No act scheduled yet.
  • 1:30-2 p.m.: A performance by mem­bers of the local 8 Count Dance program.
  • 2-2:30 p.m.: A performance by the Jack Barnes Elementary Chorus.
  • 2:30-3 p.m.: A performance by the Queen Creek Middle School Chorus, whose members are in fifth grade.
  • Santa Claus also will attend the festival, where children can have their photo taken with him, according to the event website.Phoenix-based Parkle Photography will take a photo for $10, company owner Dan­ielle Martin said during a phone interview last week. The fee includes one 4-inch-by-6-inch photo print and a free digital down­load from the company’s website: www. parklephoto.com, Ms. Martin said.People will receive their photo print that day, she said.Events of this size rely on volunteer help to be successful. About 70 volunteers as well as members of the Queen Creek Ki­wanis Club and Boys and Girls Club staff are helping with this year’s parade and festival, Mr. Skiotes said. 
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