Festive wagon rides preserve tradition

Shawna O'Neill
Festive wagon rides preserve tradition

LONG SAULT, Ontario – The Sault Crew was busy getting residents in the holiday spirit on Saturday, Dec. 15, offering wagon rides around the village between 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

“We do this every year with the wagon rides,” explained Shane Perry, volunteer with the Sault Crew.  “We decorate a wagon, go through the village, look at lights and get the community together.”

The wagon, pulled by a tractor, was adorned with Christmas lights and tinsel this year. On board was a stereo playing Christmas tunes. In exchange for a magical ride around the community, residents were asked to donate a non-perishable food item to the Long Sault Legion, which will be donated to a local food bank. Attendees could warm up inside the Legion with food and refreshments.

Although there was more grass than snow on the ground during the evening of wagon rides, Perry said that the event inevitably gets everyone in the holiday spirit.

“Once we start going around the village, everyone sees and heads out. They know, it has become kind of a tradition,” said Perry. 

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