Avon Tree Lighting Festival 2019

Maya Rak (center), 10, was the guest of honor at the Avon Tree Lighting Festival last Saturday. She joined with Santa, Clint Gault of the French Creek Foundation and Mayor Bryan Jensen as they invited her to flip the giant switch that lit the community’s holiday light display.

Avon kicked off the holiday season with its gala annual Tree Lighting Festival the evening of Saturday, Dec. 7.

Presented by the French Creek Foundation and the City of Avon, a special 10-year old girl, Maya Rak, helped this year.  Maya is bravely fighting cancer and the community dedicated this year’s Tree Lighting to her.

Maya was a special guest as Lolly the Trolly rode from the Gazebo to the Tree Lighting in the Avon Municipal Lot. There, she joined with Mayor Bryan Jensen and French Creek Foundation President Clint Gault on stage. She was escorted by Santa himself and invited to throw the big switch to the tree lighting as community members joined in a festive count-down.

“May this Tree Lighting Festival be just the beginning to a magical holiday season for you and your family,” said Gault. “I would like to extend a warm thank you to all of the sponsors and volunteers. This event is only possible because of your generosity and commitment to our community.”

10-year-old Maya Rak helped Clint Gault, French Creek Foundation President and Avon Mayor Bryan Jensen flip the big switch at the Avon Tree Lighting Festival.

“My thanks go out to all the volunteers and sponsors that have made the Christmas Tree Lighting a success this year,” said Mayor Jensen. “I know this event would not be possible without all the time and effort they invested. I am very grateful for their continuous and steadfast support of our community.

“To all our citizens, both residents and business owners, may your holidays be blessed with the love of family and friends, and may 2020 be full of happiness, good health and prosperity throughout the New Year.”

The parade from the Gazebo to the stage was a cavalcade of fun as school bands and scouts joined in carolling and music. Live pony rides were available, as well as visits with Santa, Avon School Choir performances, and Gingerbread House competition.

It was a great night of community spirit, thanks to the efforts of all involved. The French Creek Foundation, representing the French Creek District, is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. The Foundation organizes three primary events annually – the Tree Lighting Festival, the Easter Breakfast and Egg Hunt, and the Fall into Avon Festival.

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