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Madison Pearson's eyes shone as bright as the lights on the City Christmas tree as she helped West Fargo Mayor Rich Mattern flip the switch Monday evening, illuminating the 25-foot ash tree on the front lawn of City Hall for approximately 200 guests to witness.

The name of the second grader at L.E. Berger Elementary was drawn from a passel of coloring page entries submitted just for the occasion, to assist the Mayor.

The 6th annual tree lighting event was held Monday night immediately following the regularly scheduled West Fargo City Commission meeting directly outside the front door of the City offices, in chilly 18 degree temperatures.

However, spirits were quickly warmed by the piping hot apple cider and cookies distributed by West Fargo City Hall officials who coordinated the event along with the West Fargo Area Chamber of Commerce.

The West Fargo High School carolers joined in the spirit, sharing festive joy through a variety of traditional Christmas carols; and much to the delight of the children who came all bundled up and ready to enjoy the season, jolly old Santa also made a special appearance, graciously visiting and handing out candy bags,

Each year at the tree lighting ceremony, the City of West Fargo and the West Fargo Area Chamber strive to recognize an organization in the area. This year Barry Nelson of Moorhead, representing the Healthy Communities Partnership was in attendance to personally thank the City for their recent donation of $20,000 to the cause and to share additional information on how to become more involved. Part of his agenda involved a book exchange among the children present, promoting an 'asset' of the Healthy Community program.

Mayor Mattern, all decked out in a red Santa hat, thanked everyone for turning out on such a chilly evening as did Chamber Executive Director Chris Barton. "We wish to thank everyone for attending and wish everybody a happy holiday season," Barton said.