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Fairlawn hosts Breakfast with Santa

By David Paulk/Ohio.com correspondent Published: December 13, 2012
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Santa Claus arrives on an antique Bath Twp. fire truck to deliver presents. Santa will make a stop in Fairlawn on Saturday to have breakfast with children and give them some early Christmas presents. (Ed Suba Jr./Akron Beacon Journal)

The Fairlawn Kiwanis Community Center will be full of elves this weekend, and their boss, Santa Claus, is expected to arrive as well in support of Fairlawn’s annual Breakfast with Santa. The event, which is Fairlawn’s way of jumpstarting the holiday season, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

According to Parks and Recreation Director Laurie Beisecker, attendees should expect a full breakfast menu with sausage, eggs, French toast and more. In addition to workers from Santa’s workshop, she said ventriloquist Randy Malick will be performing for the children.

“He has these ginormous Muppet things and some little ones that make his show really neat,” Beisecker said.

Once the kids have finished eating and watching Malick perform, Santa Claus will make his entrance. Beisecker said his entrance this year will not be as intricate as it was in the past.

“Santa is typically driven in on the back of a fire truck,” Beisecker said. “However, Santa had a hip replacement this year so he can’t get up onto the truck.”

At this point, kids will have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and receive a present from under the Christmas tree. Beisecker said that each gift will be from Santa, but the parents are the one’s actually buying the gifts. She said the city used to hand out books, but ever since the economy took a nosedive, the city decided to go back to the parents buying the gifts.

Mr. Claus will also be available for pictures as well.

Kids will also have a chance to win some candy. Beisecker said two jars will be full of M&M’s and a mixture of different candies. The children will have a chance to guess how many pieces of candy are in each jar.

The winner gets to take the candy home.

Registration for Breakfast with Santa is $9 for kids and $10 for adults.

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