Santa gets "bumped" in Ripley


An emergency Sunday evening during Ripley’s 8th annual Christmas in the Park parade almost left Santa without a ride.

As the 6 p.m. parade made its way to Lewis Park, three fire trucks, one of which was to transport Santa, added a touch of mystery. With sirens wailing, they stopped at the main intersection and headed west towards Highway 21.

Fortunately, another float was able to back track and pick up Santa and deliver him to Lewis Park where a long line-up of youngsters was waiting to greet him.

“Emergencies always come first,” said Santa. “The slight delay was no inconvenience at all. I was impressed by the good crowd at the parade and in Lewis Park.”

Christmas in the Park is sponsored by the Ripley Business Community, Ripley and District Lions Club and Bruce Power.  

Following Santa, hay rides, chili and hot dogs, there was free public skating at the arena.

As for the fire trucks, they were responding to an accident on Highway 21. Driving conditions at the time were treacherous.