LOGAN – Thousands of people were on hand to see Cache Valley’s own Highpoint Clydes, the reigning World Champions for a Clydesdale Six-Horse Hitch and Logan’s antique horse drawn fire engine carrying Santa Claus as they came through the Center Street Arch on Saturday. Santa electrified the crowd as he flipped the switch to turn on the Center Street lights for the holidays.
Logan Mayor Holly Daines said she thought the Center Street Grand Opening and Christmas Celebration was fabulous.
“We had a huge crowd and they all looked like they were having a good time,” she said. “I think this shows that people are hungry for holiday celebrations like that.”
Daines said the horses were a great addition to the seasonal feel, the old fashioned Santa fit in perfectly and the Logan High School Choir and Band sounded wonderful.
“We want to thank all the donors,” she said. “It was all funded by donations and the Center Street business owners that donated should feel good about how it all turned out. “
When it is all finished next spring, with the tables, umbrellas, chairs and benches, it should be quite the show place Daines said.
“Hopefully, Center Street will be a gathering place for people,” she said. “When all the numbers are in I think we will look to see if we will do it again next year.”
Gary Saxton, the executive director of Logan Downtown Alliance, said they were extremely pleased with how the events on Saturday appeared to flow together in such a wonderful way.
“We were grateful that Cache Valley friends and family came together to enjoy each other’s company and take time to share a new downtown tradition with the sites and sounds of Christmas, made possible by Center Street businesses,” he said. “Santa, Disney’s Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Zootah reindeer, Queen of Winter, Logan High School Band & Choir, Logan City Fire Department, American Festival Chorus, Christmas tree lighting, huge candy ornaments, and especially the World Champion Highpoint Clydesdales!”
Saxton said the alliance wanted to especially thank Logan City Public Works, Police, Light & Power, and Mayor Daines for making this all possible.
“We believe Center Street will be the best place to gather as friends and family for all seasons!”
Michael Ballam, who was on hand to cut the ribbon at the Center Street Grand Opening and celebration, said it went as smooth as silk.
“It was truly magical and wonderful,” he said. “I think we should repeat it every year.”
Ballam said Mayor Daines was truly a visionary.
Mark Anderson, owner of Anderson Seed and Garden, said the Grand Opening was amazing and he was very pleased with the number of people that came downtown.
“Not knowing what was going to happen, the lights went on like they were supposed to and everything worked out as well as we expected,” he said. “I think there were 3,000-4,000 people there and many stuck around until 7 or 7:30 p.m.”
The weather cooperated and considering the days before it turned out to be a great day, he said.
Anderson said they had a lot of people come through the store and he heard other downtown businesses experienced the same thing
“It was great,” Anderson said. “It all turned out as well as we could have hoped for.”