Candy Cane Fair celebrates successful 28th year in Orangeville

December 1, 2016   ·   0 Comments

After 28 years of hosting the annual Candy Cane Fair, the Headwaters Health Care Auxiliary is now seeing former child visitors arriving with their own children for a day of fun Christmas
activities in the lobby of the hospital in Orangeville.

The Fair, held last Saturday, November 26, featured kid-friendly events like a bake sale, craft tables, face painting and raffles.

There was also the opportunity to have a photo taken with Santa Claus.

“It’s a community event where we have the dollar where kids can go to buy a gift for their parents or grandparents,” explained Headwaters Auxiliary president Carolyne Beaton. “They get their picture taken with Santa and we have a bake sale. We have a tooney raffle. We like to do this for the community and especially for the kids. All the money we fundraise for goes to supplying hospital equipment.”

This year’s event was bigger than ever with over 300 children arriving with their parents.
Normally the event features outdoor vendors in front of the hospital but due to hospital expansion construction it was not practical for this year’s event.

That didn’t stop everyone from coming indoors and having a lot of fun. After getting their faces painted in a holiday theme, kids were invited to peruse items available that they could purchase
as Christmas gifts for their parents without the parents being able to see the gifts prior to the big day.

Student volunteers helped the youngsters wrap the presents and get them ready to put under the tree.

“Volunteers help them choose a gift and then they get it wrapped to get ready to give to their parents,” said Ms. Beaton.

The event was non-stop with a steady stream of visitors filled with the Christmas spirit.

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