MONTPELIER — After skipping a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, people appeared excited to flock back to the Olde Tyme Holiday Gathering on Saturday.

The day opened up with a craft and book show at the school featuring 132 booths and roughly 80 vendors.

“People started coming in at 9:30 (a.m.), they were excited to be here,” said Michelle Kannel, craft show organizer. “The vendors are glad to be back. A couple actually sold out already. So, it’s a good show all around.”

Shoppers were excited to be back, with people coming in and out all day.

Overall, Kannel said the show was a success.

“Just thank you to everyone coming out,” she said.

The celebration continued Saturday evening, with a parade going downtown at 6 p.m. with lighted tractors, horse-drawn carriages and more.

Santa Claus took this opportunity to make his grand entrance into town ahead of all the other parade entrants.

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