12/4/2013 7:17:00 PM Cannon Falls readies for Christmas
by Sue Sullivan
Lighted garland and wreaths were strung in the downtown area, a parade held and the Community Christmas Tree lit. Small business Saturday was also Deck the Falls day in Cannon Falls on November 30, a day that saw temperatures in the high 30s.
In the spirit of giving, the day found National Honor Society students ringing a bell in front of Hi-Quality Bakery for the Salvation Army with their recognizable red collection kettle. They raised $270.
The Toys For Tots box in the bakery collected about 30 gifts including those brought in a mini-parade from the Library where Mayor Robby Robinson and the Clauses had read stories to youth.
Santa Claus with his wife, Mrs. Claus visited with children and adults. Memories were photographed as children, some tentatively, sat on the Jolly Elf's lap expressing their gift wish list.
Many businesses in Cannon Falls offered specials and treats to shoppers and more than 400 registered for the drawing in which $750 in Chamber Dollars were won.
Four winners received $25 each; five winners, $50 each; two winners, $100 each and one winner received $200, all in Chamber Dollars redeemable from area merchants.
Businesses that sponsored the drawing were EconoFoods, First Farmers&Merchants Bank, Acacia Studio, Cycle America, Community Resource Bank, Scofield Drug & Gift, Althoff Hardware, Cannon River Winery, Country Side Antique Mall, CF Stamps Etc., Custom Care Cleaning-Doug Carrol, Vasa-Spring Garden Mutual Insurance, Merchants Bank, Hi-Quality Bakery, What in Yarnation!, Dakota Electric and the Husaby Team at Cannon Realty.
Winners were Savanna Banitt, Jon Brogen, Jen L. Olson, Brody Banitt, Dennis Deutsch, Marge Krause, Alexis Jennings, Lynn Larson, Devon Staats, Sharon Noble, Charles Gustafson and Scott Peer.