Tree-lighting ceremonies usher in season in Dagsboro, Frankford

DAGSBORO — Fender-bender accident investigation just prior to Dagsboro’s tree-lighting ceremony foiled Santa’s planned arrival by police cruiser escort.

Dagsboro Volunteer Fire Department came to the rescue.

Station 73’s fire command truck piloted by Bryan Townsend brought Santa to Katie Helm Park for the tree-lighting highlight to the event that featured songs and music performed by children and members of the Indian River High School Baroque Ensemble.

Dagsboro’s Nov. 25 event is a precursor to the town’s Christmas parade set for Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

It was a festive time down the road from Dagsboro Saturday night as Frankford christened it’s new artificial Christmas tree at the kickoff installment of Christmas in the Park.

After arriving in a Frankford fire truck, Santa helped in the official countdown to the lighting of the park and the 20-foot Christmas tree, made possible by a $5,000 donation from Travis Martin, owner of Chesapeake Plumbing in Heating business located in Frankford.

“We have wanted one for the last three years we have not been able to make that happen. And this year Travis Martin, the owner of Chesapeake Plumbing and Heating stepped up with a significant donation that put us over the edge and allowed us to get this 20-foot Christmas tree,” said Envision Frankford spokesman Robbie Murray.

Holiday decorations for the town park were obtained at significant discount from Lowe’s in Millsboro. The lift used for decorating the 20-foot tree was provided by Rent Equip in Ocean View.

“None of this would be possible without a lot of sponsorships,” said Mr. Murray.

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