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Kickoff lights up downtown

Julia Corbett, 2 1/2, of Duncan, admires the goose with five golden rings, a Christmas window display by artist Patience Brewster at the Benchmark Gallery on Station Street during Spotted during the Downtown Duncan Christmas Kick-Off Friday. - Andrew Leong
Julia Corbett, 2 1/2, of Duncan, admires the goose with five golden rings, a Christmas window display by artist Patience Brewster at the Benchmark Gallery on Station Street during Spotted during the Downtown Duncan Christmas Kick-Off Friday.
— image credit: Andrew Leong

Hefty crowds rang in the yuletide season during Friday’s Christmas Kick-off in downtown Duncan.

About 4,000 elves all ages watched a roster of merry bands on the city-square stage before Santa used Duncan Fire Hall’s ladder truck to climb down from city hall’s roof.

The grand finale was the annual fireworks show sponsored by Re/Max  Duncan-Mill Bay.

That gift to Cowichan was cheered by Kate Rossetto of the light-up’s hosting Duncan Business Improvement Area Society.

“Funding doesn’t come from corporate Re/Max but the individual realtor, so it’s quite a special gift for our community.”

Despite Friday’s dry skies, DBIA staff believed the event attracted even more folks last year.

“But we were very blessed with the weather and that caused a lot of families to come out,” Rossetto said.

DBIA’s downtown charity drive for the SPCA continues with toy Portuguese waterdog mascots sitting in various shops windows.

The mascots sell for $10, with proceeds helping the SPCA.

Also, a Christmas mascot contest, with details printed in the News Leader Pictorial, could win players weekly downtown Duncan dollars.

Meanwhile, DBIA carolers are strolling the core Friday evenings and Saturday’s during the day.

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