Santa Claus made an early appearance at the Barbour County Chamber of Commerce Christmas party recently to the delight of a room-full of children and the relief of their parents.

Chamber President Reg Trefethen served as the Master of Ceremonies and Past President Ron Phillips led an enthusiastic verse of Jingle Bells before  assisting Santa in delivering beautifully wrapped - and individually labelled - gifts for each of the sixteen children aged 2 to 12 who attended.  The kids ate free, compliments of the Chamber, while Santa’s gifts were prepared by Builders Center and table favors graciously provided by Freedom Bank.  Magic by Kevin preceded Santa’s visit and thrilled and amazed the boys and girls as well as their parents.  The highlight of every Magic by Kevin show is the appearance of Wascal Wabbit, show above in full repose.  Pictured is Santa surrounded by the children who were feted at the Chamber’s party, including Kiara Anderson-Hall, Charlie and Derek Chevalier, Isabella Duke, Jessica Hayes, Darren Habick, Heidi and Helen Hoxie, Marlee and Lyric Jordan, Lavinia Moore, Ella and Lanora Ramsey, and Anakin, Ashton and Conner Sickler.