CP Holiday Train arrives in style

Holiday train brings with it a $7000 cheque for Agassiz Harrison Community Services

CP Holiday Train arrives in Agassiz on Friday.

CP Holiday Train arrives in Agassiz on Friday.

The Canadian Pacific’s Holiday Train rolled into town across from Agricultural Hall in Agassiz, albeit a bit late on Friday night, as a frozen and enthusiastic crowd of onlookers enjoyed the annual event.

Children, and adults of all ages, braved the cold, enjoying a cup of hot chocolate and frost as they waited with anticipation for its big arrival.

Though it was delayed an hour and a half, eager crowds, waited for the big presentation of a $7000 cheque to go toward Agassiz Harrison Community Services’ (AHCS) food bank.

“It’s so helpful, and it’s really a blessing — as a food bank coordinator I know how many people that amount is going to feed,” said Lisa Hodgkinson, food bank coordinator at AHCS.

The evening’s entertainment was a smash success with Dallas Smith and the Odds who gave a stellar performance for the 18th year that the Holiday Train has been rolling into towns across Canada and the United States.

Since 1999, the program has raised close to $9.5 million and 3.3 million pounds of food. Each Holiday Train is about 1,000 feet in length with 14 rail cars decorated with hundreds of thousands of technology-leading LED lights and a modified boxcar that has been turned into a traveling stage for performers.

“It was really a great time, with Dallas Smith and Odds who gave a great performance, and there was still quite a lot of people who came out despite the cold,” said Hodgkinson.

Agassiz Observer