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Mayors’ column: Have a happy holidays in Spanish Fork

December 2, 2018

A Victorian Village display at the Festival of Lights in Spanish Fork.

This is the time of year when the season is changing and winter is near. During this time, I am reminded that we have so much to be thankful for in Spanish Fork.

We just opened our new pickleball courts this summer at Volunteer Park. The new courts, which have been full from the day they opened, have been a great success for everyone of all ages, because pickle ball is something that everyone can do and have a great time. It is fun to see all the families that come and use the courts. If you haven’t tried pickle ball, you don’t know what you are missing!

We also just had our Electric Light Parade on Main Street. This is a great time for everyone to come together and watch all the floats that are lit up. This year, we had some great floats, including one that had a real reindeer. We even had a little excitement when the train float caught on fire because of an electrical short. No one was hurt and, with the fast thinking of some of our great citizens and our fire department, it was extinguished quickly. After the parade, we had our lighting of the giant Christmas tree next to the city offices. With the help of Santa Claus and Miss Spanish Fork, the tree was lit. This has been a very special event in our city. It is amazing to me to see so many people brave the cold, and this year the rain, to come and support this event. Thank you to all who came.

I would like to invite everyone to come and enjoy our 26th Annual Festival of Lights at Canyon View Park. Come and be a kid again at this winter wonderland of light. It is one of the most popular Christmas light drive-thrus in Utah County due to its consistency and always affordable admission. With more than a million lights, the Festival of Lights is sure to become one of your favorite holiday traditions.

I want to thank all those in our city that have helped make this a great place to live. Thank you to the volunteers that help with all the programs that the city has to offer. Because of their help and effort, many lives have been touched and made better. We have some of the best volunteers around.

I also want to thank Tabitha’s Way here in Spanish Fork. They handed out more than 800 Turkeys to those in need just before Thanksgiving. What a great service they provide for those who need it. Let’s all look for ways we can serve those who need a little extra help in our own cities.

With Christmas soon approaching, I hope for you the best that this season has to offer. I have been so blessed to be a part of this city for so many years. I have seen the way people have reached out to make things better for others. This is what it is all about

— giving of yourself. I hope each of you can feel that special feeling of giving this year.

Have a great holiday, and from my family to yours, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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