by Tom Henihan
The Falher Christmas Expo Fundraiser at the Chevalier Centre on November 28, was a bustling occasion, great fun for the kids and an exceptionally wide-ranging shopping experience as Christmas quickly approaches.
The event, which had 80 tables with many local vendors and numerous activities for the kids, saw a steady crowd of people throughout the day, browsing and shopping in search of curios and unique gift that one is unlikely to come across in any regular store.
For the kids, there were no end of options to keep them entertained and all activities were free, so no one left disappointed. The events for kids included face painting, glitter tattoos, and balloon swords and animals provided by Phileas Flash of Edmonton.
Phileas Flash located upstairs at the Chevalier Centre was a particularly big draw with a constant stream of children lining up. The seemingly tireless Mr. Flash carried on a continuous banter with the kids as they placed their request for what kind of balloon configuration they desired.
Phileas Flash, of course, is a seasoned performer who has travelled the world as a balloon artist and has entertained legions of people from Egypt to Australia to Hollywood celebrity parties.
Another big draw for the kids and one that is as much a part of any Christmas celebration as a tree is the hayride. Martin Deerline provided the tractor and float and Marc Bremont donated the bales.
The fundraising event raised $1,800 for FCSS up from $1,600 last Christmas, when the money also went to FCSS.
The Falher Christmas Expo Fundraiser will donate the money raised at the Christmas 2016 event to a different organization, and Tina Simard, the event organizer, is asking local organizations to apply for the chance to receive the funds.
For those interested in putting their organization in the competition call Tina Simard at (780) 668-2388.