Polarfest, parade welcomes holidays to San Tan Valley

The band Tridon will perform at this year’s Polarfest.

The band Tridon will perform at this year’s Polarfest.

Two annual events are returning to San Tan Valley to start off the holiday season in a merry way.

Holiday Parade

The Seventh Annual San Tan Valley Holiday Parade will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 5, in the Johnson Ranch community at 270 E. Hunt Highway in San Tan Valley, at Golf Drive, and will continue down Johnson Ranch Boulevard. It is presented by the San Tan Valley Chamber of Commerce and Florence Unified School District Community Education.

The parade will feature a variety of floats, including one with Santa and Mrs.Claus, as well as marching bands, cars and other entries.

Afterward, FUSD will host a community event from noon to 4 p.m. at its Community Education Building at 29895 N. Desert Willow Blvd. It will feature children’s activites, games and pictures with Santa Claus.

For more information, call the chamber at 480-788-7516.

Polarfest

The Seventh Annual Polarfest will bring together more than 70 vendors from around the area as well as attractions such as carnival rides, a petting zoo, train rides, live entertainment by the bands Tridon and People Who Could Fly and 10 tons of snow to play on, Carrie Ribeiro, event co-chairwoman with Netty Riggs, said during a phone interview. There will be the Candy Cane Train, a rock-climbing wall, bounce houses, pony rides and a vintage sleigh for pictures with Santa Claus, she said.

In addition, there will bean appearance by Elsa and Anna impersonators from the movie “Frozen,” a simulator to learn how to drive a Cemex truck and a display of reptiles from Radical Reptiles, she said.

 

Impersonators of the Anna and Elsa characters from the animated movie “Frozen” will be among the live entertainment at this year’s Polarfest.

Impersonators of the Anna and Elsa characters from the animated movie “Frozen” will be among the live entertainment at this year’s Polarfest.

 

 

It will take place 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at J.O. Combs Middle School, 37611 N. Pecan Creek Drive in San Tan Valley.
Ms. Ribeiro is excited about several aspects of the event, she said during a phone interview.

First is the event’s new location at J.O. Combs Middle School, in the Pecan Creek subdivision.

“There will be ample parking,” Ms. Ribeiro said. “We’re right smack dab in the middle of Pecan Creek so many of those residents can walk over if they like. The J.O. Combs Unified School District has welcomed us with open arms.”

Second, the ride wristband price will be $8, the same as last year. All money raised by wristband and vendor fees pays to operate the event, Ms. Ribeiro said.

“We don’t make money on this. It’s not what this is all about,” she said. “We’re two moms who live and work here. People call us crazy, but when we see the kids laughing and running to get in line for the carnival rides, it’s all worthwhile.”

For more information, visit the event website.

News Editor Wendy Miller can be contacted at 480-982-7799 and via e-mail at qcnews@newszap.com, or follow her on Twitter @WendyNewszap123.

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