Braselton’s Christmas tree lit by Sparky the Fire Dog

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Sparky the Fire Dog was the special guest who lit the Braselton Christmas tree on Nov. 10. See more scenes in LeAnne Akin’s photo gallery below.

The theme for this year’s holiday celebration Braselton is “The Holidays are Going to the Dogs,” and the season was kicked off Nov. 9 and continues this Saturday with a 10:30 a.m. parade and all-day holiday festival in Braselton Park.

Sparky, the fire prevention mascot of the West Jackson Fire Department, arrived last Friday by fire engine to light the decorated Christmas tree, placed in front of the Braselton Brothers Store building.

The tree-lighting came after some foot-stomping good musical entertainment from the Chattahoochee Chain Gang and comments from Rotary Club of Braselton President Jim Joedecke, who was introduced by emcee Robbie Bettis. In cooperation with the Town of Braselton, the Rotary Club helped sponsor the occasion and decorated the tree with the assistance of Paul Poe and Greg Mathis of Jackson EMC.

With the tree all aglow after darkness had fallen, eyes looked skyward to see “snow” falling – creating a festive atmosphere for youngsters.

Youngsters and seniors received a bag containing an apple, an orange, candy and prizes in keeping with the tradition started by the Braselton Brothers. Door prizes were also awarded.

“Arthur Christmas” was the free movie shown in the park following the tree-lighting.

Braselton Antique Mall, now located in the store, is conducting its own tribute to tradition with a Dec. 24 drawing. Visit the store for details and how a purchase will net you a ticket.

See Saturday’s schedule of events:

On Stage

10 a.m. to noon – The Gobers

Noon to 12:30 p.m. – Santa’s Magic Show

12:45 1:15 p.m. – Studio One Dance Company Performance

1:30-2 p.m. – City of Winder Drug Dog Demonstration

3- 5 p.m. – The Tams

In the Park

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Face Painters

Noon to 2 p.m. – Pony Rides

2- 4 p.m. – Clown

Special Event

2 p.m. Cookies with Santa

Tickets must be pre-purchased. Stop by Braselton Town Hall.

Braselton Tree Lighting 2012

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A crowd filled the bleachers.
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The Chattahoochee Chain Gang provided entertainment.
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Luminary bags were placed in front of the tree in honor of and in memory of those whose lives have been touched by cancer. Prior to the tree-lighting, Relay For Life of Braselton-Hoschton held its first 5K fundraiser to kick off the Relay fundraising season. Relay For Life will be April 26, 2013, and teams are now forming up.
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Tonia Shatzel, DVM, and her 9-year-old daughter Turner brought along their dog Shep, a hit with 2-1/2-year-old Arabella Wunn and 15-month-old Evie Baker. A Sugar Hill veterinarian, Shatzel said the "Holidays Are Going to the Dogs" theme attracted her to the tree-lighting.
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Jim Joedecke holds daughter Elizabeth as his wife Stephanie makes their photo in front of the Braselton Christmas tree which Jim, president of the Rotary Club of Braselton, helped to decorate on Nov. 7. The Rotary Club is a sponsor of the occasion.
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Jim Joedecke holds daughter Elizabeth. This will be Elizabeth's first Christmas season.
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Jim Joedecke and Stephanie with daughter Elizabeth.
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Fred Bettis was on the roof of the Braselton Brothers Store before the event got under way. Little did children realize, he was up to some work which would bring lots of cheers later in the evening. Snow machines help drape the Christmas tree in a wintry coat.
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Rotary Club President Jim Joedecke welcomed the crowd and wishes everyone happy holidays. The Rotary Club held its annual reverse raffle on Nov. 9 to raise money for the Christmas party held for an estimated 100 children of the community whose Christmas is made brighter. The club works through Holiday Connection to identify needy families to be assisted.
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Turner Shatzel's ticket won her a door prize.
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Door prizes were awarded to lucky ticketholders.
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Door prizes were awarded to lucky ticketholders.
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Door prizes were awarded to lucky ticketholders.
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Door prizes were awarded to lucky ticketholders.
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Youngsters and seniors received a bag containing an apple, an orange, candy and prizes in keeping with the tradition started by the Braselton Brothers.
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Youngsters and seniors received a bag containing an apple, an orange, candy and prizes in keeping with the tradition started by the Braselton Brothers.
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Youngsters and seniors received a bag containing an apple, an orange, candy and prizes in keeping with the tradition started by the Braselton Brothers.
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Youngsters and seniors received a bag containing an apple, an orange, candy and prizes in keeping with the tradition started by the Braselton Brothers.
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Youngsters and seniors received a bag containing an apple, an orange, candy and prizes in keeping with the tradition started by the Braselton Brothers.
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Youngsters and seniors received a bag containing an apple, an orange, candy and prizes in keeping with the tradition started by the Braselton Brothers.
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Kathy Cooper Robinson was all smiles when she received her gift bag.
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Amy Pinnell read off the names on the luminaries for Robbie Bettis to relayed to the audience.
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The apples and oranges in the bags were a treat.
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Jennifer Dees and Danielle Austin helped hand out the bags.
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Sparky the Fire Dog waved children up to him as he was introduced by emcee Robbie Bettis.
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Music performed by the Chattahoochee Chain Gang was enjoyed.
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A crowd of children awaited the tree lighting.
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Snow began falling from the sky to the delight of children.
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Falling "snow" delighted the crowd gathered for the Saturday night tree-lighting in Braselton. It seemed as if a "White Christmas" had arrived.

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The tree was blanketed by snow.
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Snow accented the beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
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Children enjoying catching the snow (actually bubbles) as they fell.
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Sparky greeted children at the tree lighting.
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The snow was actually bubbles but delighted just the same.
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Chattahoochee Chain Gang performed.
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Enjoying the holiday event.
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The tree was officially lit on Nov. 10.
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Snow brought out smiles.
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Sparky the Fire Dog poses for photos with children.
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Snow provided a bit of wintry fun.
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Falling snow was a fun addition to the tree-lighting.
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Robbie Bettis of Braselton Antique Mall served as emcee. She invited event-goers inside to get a ticket for the Christmas eve drawings the store will do.
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Braselton Antique Mall's Robbie Bettis provided updates on holiday happenings.
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Tickets were handed out for door prizes.
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