Photo Gallery: Christmas tree lighting draws hundreds to Troutman’s ESC Park
BY DEBBIE PAGE
Squeals of delight and rosy cheeks were abundant as Troutman welcomed a special visitor to the town’s 13th annual Christmas tree lighting on Thursday night at ESC Park’s John Larew Pavilion.
Mayor Pro Tem Paul Henkel welcomed the large crowd bundled up against the cold.
“The Christmas spirit is something we are very fond of here in Troutman. We show our spirit with the Christmas trees around us and the wreathes and bows on the greenway," Henkel said.
“We show our support for our community at this time of the year with our Christmas parade and events like the Jingle Run 5K and the Rotary Pancake Breakfast. For a small town, there’s always something to do here in Troutman.”
Henkel thanked the crowd for coming out and the town staff who worked hard to make the event possible. “Let us also be thankful for each other,” he added. “Please hang around and enjoy the festivities to get you into the Christmas spirit.”
Henkel then led the audience in a countdown to light the town tree, followed by the police escorted arrival of Santa Claus to gather children’s Christmas wishes.
The Troutman Grange organization provided an array of cookies and hot chocolate for attendees, and holiday musical selections was provided by the sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade Iredell Charter School chorus and band.
Council members Paul Bryant and Sally Williams, Iredell County Register of Deeds Ron Wyatt, Iredell-Statesville Board of Education Vice Chairman Chuck Gallyon and Police Chief Matthew Selves were also on hand to greet community members.