“It started out as a Lions function to thank the community for their support,” said Lions Club member Fred Yonkers.
The now two-day event, which featured musical entertainment, a cardboard sled design competition, wagon rides, free food, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus, was held Friday and Saturday at the park.
Marv Englewood hosted it at his farm the first four years, Yonkers said. It’s been at Pomona Park for the past 10 years.
Lighted trees and a long line of inflated holiday figures greeted attendees as they waited in line to see Santa, do the sing-along wagon ride, listen to a variety of musical entertainment or much free hot dogs by the bonfires.
Artwork by local elementary school students lined the walls of the pavilion.
“It was packed last night (Friday) when the Fruitport bands and choirs were here,” Yonkers said as he looked around. The crowd was smaller, but that meant the lines were a lot shorter on Saturday.
The event, including the food, was free, Yonkers said. Donations are accepted.
It costs about $4,000 for the Lions Club to stage the Old Fashioned Christmas, he said.