Photo Gallery: Santa arrives at the West Bend Airport. Members of Kettle Moraine EAA Chapter 1158 roll out the red carpet

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Dec. 11, 2016 – West Bend, WI – There were quite a few distractions for children and their families early Saturday morning at the West Bend Airport as neighbors awaited the annual arrival of Santa Claus. img_0559

 

Members of the Kettle Moraine EAA Chapter 1158 offered children a chance to color a picture of Santa and his reindeer or write a letter to Santa; there was also the Santa parachute drop and families could enjoy a pancake breakfast.

 

Just before 8:30 a.m. under sunny skies and crisp temperatures families gathered on the tarmac awaiting Santa’s arrival.

“He’s coming from the North Pole,” said one little boy in a blue Pokemon knit hat.

The anticipation grew.

“He’s about 2-minutes out,” said Don.

Santa was in contact with the ground crew.  Two minutes grew to 4 minutes and it seemed to get ever colder as the wait continued.

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Finally a red helicopter was spotted to the east. Everyone looked skyward and directly into the sun…. but sure enough here came Santa!  Frozen hands gave a stiff wave hello as Santa made an initial pass. Then a sea of parents moved their children inside to stand in line for a chance to visit and share their wish lists.

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Keberle & Patrykus

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