by Nick Shepard – Staff Reporter
This year’s Covington Hollydaze events, was a big success, attracting hundreds of citizens over this past weekend. The fun kicked off on Friday night, with the Float-In Holiday Movie, at the Covington Aquatic Center. Those participating could swim and float in the pool, while at the same time viewing a holiday movie. There were games all night, and chances to win fun prizes.
Saturday began with the annual Reindeer Dash 5k at 8AM, which had a main goal of raising food for the Maple Valley Food Bank and ended up with a turnout of around 120 people. Participants could either pay five dollars for entry, or provide five non-perishable food items. The first 100 participants were given reindeer antlers and goody bags.
Kentlake had a strong turnout in the race, taking the first four and seventh places overall. Nick McClure, who came in 2nd place, said he was “excited to place so highly,” and that the run was “a great experience”. His brother, Hunter McClure, came in 3rd, and Zack Harrison came in 4th. Krista Matuska came in 1st for women and 7th overall.
Directly after the run was the free pancake breakfast at the city hall for all the tired runners, along with other activities, such as photos with Santa. Participants also had the opportunity to donate food or cash to local food banks.
After breakfast, festivity-goers headed over to the craft bazaar at Jenkin’s Creek Elementary School, where they could look for gifts or handmade items from fifty different vendors.
Ending it all was the community tree lighting ceremony, where in the freezing cold hundreds of people gathered around the Don Henning Roundabout to watch the main Christmas tree and the surrounding shrubbery being lit. There was cocoa, singing, holiday music, craftmaking, cookie decorating, and Santa even showed up at 5:30.
All in all the Covington Holidaze events were successful in stirring up the cheer and getting our community ready for a fun holiday season.