Bedford celebrated the season on Saturday with the annual Christmas Family Fun event, sponsored by Downtown Bedford Inc.

Visitors were treated to food, entertainment, and visits with Santa.

“Everyone’s having a great time,” noted DBI Main Street Manager Stacey Gould.

After more than a week of mostly miserable weather, the sun came out and the wind subsided.

“The weather’s gorgeous,” Gould said. “The wind was pretty vicious there for a while.”

Gould said that many of the Christmas decorations had been blown down in the recent windstorms and had to be rounded up and put back up.

The event was moved up a couple of hours from past years so that more activities could take place in the daylight, a change that Gould said seemed to be well received.

Another change, she pointed to, was Santa’s arrival this year on a roll-back supplied by LaSalle’s Garage. She explained that the New Year’s Eve race car drop event will not be held this year, but the Bedford Speedway very much wanted to remain a part of Bedford’s celebration.

A variety of vendors took part, offering food for all and treats for the youngers. Best of all, Gould said, was that everything was free.

One of the most popular entertainers was ice carver Shaun Coppersmith of East Freedom, who turned out sculptures that included a gingerbread man, Santa, a Christmas tree and Frosty the Snowman.

Coppersmith said this was his third visit to the Family Fun Christmas.

He said he’s been ice carving for about five years and got his start carving wood.

Contact Paul Rowan at prowan@bedfordgazette.com, 623-1151, ext. 140.

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