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Updated: 12/18/2013 08:00:03AM

Fort Meade ushers in the 2013 holiday season

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There was a passing of the spatula, so to speak, at the Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with Santa Saturday. Outgoing chamber President Bob Sweeney is pouring pancake batter, while incoming president Vera Cannon watches closely to make sure she can duplicate the special technique next December. The event drew a good crowd to the community center over the weekend, as a prelude to holiday events including the community Christmas parade later in the day.

Of course, the pancakes and sausage and Florida's Natural orange juice was nice, but the real highlight Saturday was a visit with Santa Claus himself as Haleigh Johnson, back, Julianna McDuffie and Janelle McDuffie (pink top on Santa's knee) found out.

Wendy Corhn pours a glass of Florida's Natural orange juice at the Fort Meade Chamber of Commerce Breakfast with Santa event.

Walter Graves Construction raffled off a home made picnic table Saturday, with proceeds going to the Relay for Life initiative. The homemade tables even come with a drink trough built right down the middle. Getting a first-hand look at the table Saturday were Janice Thompson, Sherry Barton and Teri Graves.

Bill Whitener led the community gathering at City Hall Saturday in some favorite holiday music.

Fort Meade's "town crier" will officially declare the holiday season upon us Saturday at 5 p.m.

Toula Giannopolus, Fort Meade's hostess with the mostess, was the official "Lighter of the Christmas Tree". Later in the day, Kevin Chioma served as the grand marshall of the annual Christmas parade.

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Fort Meade was about as festive as a place could get Saturday, what with a pancake breakfast with Santa, downtown holiday activities in the afternoon, and the gala Christmas parade down Broadway at night.

But there’s one more important Christmas community tradition, revived last year, that is yet to come.

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