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Holiday event in Vale gives folks a chance to overcome pandemic fatigue with food, fun and singing

A bonfire, food and more were part of at an outdoor Christmas event held Saturday, Dec. 19, in downtown Vale. (Amy Eddy/Special to the Enterprise)

VALE – Travis Schneider put Vale in the holiday mood Saturday night, giving as many as 1,000 people a chance to forget about the pains and problems of the pandemic.

There was hot chocolate, and hot dogs. Local girls dressed as elves. Singers climbed aboard a flatbed trailer to let loose with Christmas carols.

Schneider, a Vale businessman, organized the holiday gathering on an empty lot he owns in the heart of town, at the intersection of U.S. Highway 26 and Washington Street.

There were four lighted stations featuring holiday scenes, from a Festival of Trees collection to a nativity display.

Kids scrambled up and down . . .