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Thurman's Christmas party draws crowd

CHRISTMAS WONDER — Santa pauses in his duties at the Thurman Christmas Party Saturday Dec. 15 to observe a child entranced by handmade dolls on display at the event. See inside for details about the party, which shattered previous attendance records.

CHRISTMAS WONDER — Santa pauses in his duties at the Thurman Christmas Party Saturday Dec. 15 to observe a child entranced by handmade dolls on display at the event. See inside for details about the party, which shattered previous attendance records. Photo by Kathy Templeton .

— Thurman’s annual town-sponsored Children’s Christmas party is always a substantial success, but this year’s fest prompted the largest attendance on record.

More than 150 people enjoyed the party — many dressed in their holiday best — to enjoy a variety of family-oriented activities.

With many of the attendees standing for lack of seating, and Myrna and Keith Keeler really stepped up to the challenge to get everyone situated.

Also, a number of volunteers helped serve a variety of food, including chicken tenders, baked ziti, trays of fruit and vegetables, and just about any cookie you could imagine.

Nearly 80 children shared their Christmas wishes with Santa Claus, who was transported atop a fire truck of the Thurman Volunteer Fire Co. whose firefighters also handed out gift packages containing such items as coloring books, crayons, candy canes and stickers.

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