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PHOTOS: RF has a 'dazzling' start to the holidays

The 2017 River Falls Royal Ambassadors channeled Santa and his reindeer as they led the annual RiverDazzle Parade on Main Street Friday night. From left are Royal Ambassador Camryn Shea (Rudolph), First Royal Ambassador Anna Cernohous (Dasher), Grand Royal Ambassador Macie VanNurden (Santa) and Royal Ambassador Sydney Landgraf (Prancer). Bob Burrows / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 7
Many came to Heritage Park and the White Pathway to enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides Friday. Two wagons, pulled by horses, conducted people up and down the pathway, while those waiting their turn filled the sidewalk near the bridge. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.2 / 7
Jared Mortimer, Hudson, tries some chili at RiverWalk Square, during this year's RiverDazzle chili crawl. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.3 / 7
Betsy, 2 1/2 (left) and Faith Goodman, 6, (right) enjoy cookies during last Friday's River Dazzle celebration. Cookies and cider and hot chocolate were available during the celebration, which also included live ice sculpting, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, horse-drawn wagon rides, a chili crawl, parade and more. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 7
Elise McCabe writes a letter to Santa at Fox Den Used Books last Friday, during River Dazzle. McCabe said she would like tickets to Great Wolf Lodge Water Park. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.5 / 7
Rosco Perkins (left) and Veronica Perkins enjoy a visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at RiverWalk Mercantile Friday, Nov. 24. Santa and Mrs. Claus visited with many children that day. Gretta Stark / RiverTown Multimedia.6 / 7
A little rain did not stop these RiverDazzle event-goers from enjoying the Chili crawl. Front, from left, are: Bozena Grathwol, McKeon Grathwol, Hazel Grathwol, Dyllan Grathwol, Nick Bourg, Kath Grathwol, and Nonnie Butter. In back are Beka Grathwol, and Cailtyn Bourg. Gretta Stark/ RiverTown Multimedia. 7 / 7

The RiverDazzle event Friday, Nov. 24 in River Falls enjoyed unseasonably warm temperatures as people flooded downtown in shirt sleeves.

Events included:

• Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Riverwalk Mercantile.

• The Annual Chili Crawl, with more than 20 participating locations.

• New this year, live ice carving from Metro Ice Sculptures in Veteran's Park, where people could watch the artists work.

• Free horse-drawn wagon rides starting in Heritage Park.

• Main Street lighting up followed by the lighted parade.

Gretta Stark

Gretta Stark has been a reporter for the River Falls Journal since July of 2013. She previously worked as a reporter for the New Richmond News from June 2012 to July 2013. She holds a BA in Print and Electronic Media from Wartburg College.

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