Saturday, November 11 was busy in the city of Hartford.
A special guest arrived safely, thanks to the mode of transportation that bears his name. The Santa Train caused quite a commotion, as it rolled into town and settled in at Wisconsin and Main Street. A large crowd witnessed Santa and Mrs. Claus' arrival. Children waited patiently between 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to tell Saint Nick what they want for Christmas this year. It's a fun annual event, leading up to the Hartford Christmas Parade.
This year's main event stepped off at 3 p.m. 90 entries were signed up to be in the parade on November 10, according to the Hartford Area Chamber of Commerce. Area businesses, organizations and clubs were featured with creative floats. Santa and Mrs. Claus were spotted in a beautifully decorated sleigh, waving and laughing to the crowd during the holiday parade which traveled down Main Street, in downtown Hartford. The theme this year was "A Salute to Christmas."
The day started with the Lions Pancake Day event and the 38th annual Great Hartford Craft Expo. Each event took place at Hartford Union High School.
Saturday, November 11 was Veterans Day. Many Veterans marched in the Hartford Christmas Parade, and the final Witness Tree Ceremony took place at Berndt Park, in the city of Hartford. Another Veterans Day event was a Rifle Salute by the Honor Guard, at Sawyer Park.