Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides Benefit Town of Western Volunteer FD | Archive

The Western City Fire Department looks like the North Pole for the holidays. For at least one more weekend in December, you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, buy Christmas cookies, visit Santa, or just sit by the fire and enjoy the spectacular display.

Let us tell you how it started. David Vivenzio built a workshop, then the bakery, then a church with bell tower and finally streetlights and all the extras for a festive showcase. Initially, the installation was at his home. Then he got a Christmas card last year. The card, was a photo of his display.

“Someone spent last year at home,” Vivenzio said. “We didn’t know until they sent us a Christmas card in the mail.”

The family who took the photo loved the presentation so much that they made it their greeting card.

The holiday card turned the wheels. Then, after a tornado and two floods over the summer in the Town of Western, the decision was made to share this holiday display as a fundraiser for the Town of Western Fire Department.

“After the events of this summer, with the tornado and two floods,” he said, “…and that was before I was a member of this fire department, the fire department here has responded to the call, far beyond any expectation of a fire department.

He wanted to give back, but make it a community effort. The community has proven to be enjoying the event and filling the chest over the past two weekends. Horse-drawn wagon rides are available for a donation.

Cookies are on sale. The popcorn is for sale. Kids can visit Santa in his sleigh or send Santa a letter while he’s at the fire department.

We spoke with Harper and Cora who were able to tell Santa what was on their wish list for Christmas. Apparently pop-its are the hot toy this year, but Harper was also looking for non-fiction books!

The wagon rides take place on Sunday, December 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and again on Saturday, December 18 and Sunday, December 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Western City Fire Department.

We heard the baker, who refused to appear on camera, say she baked thousands of cookies for the event. They looked delicious and sold out quickly. If you go to the fire department for wagon rides, pack a few extra bucks for snacks and cookies to take home!

“The idea of ​​doing this was to give back to those who give to us throughout the year,” Vivenzio said. “To try to make some money for the firefighters.”

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