Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department hosted Breakfast with the Clauses Saturday morning. The event brought 250 people to Convention Hall at Liberty Park. Brody Bahner, 3, and his cousin, Javin Gresham, 4, get their photo made, by local photographer Scarlett Lens, with Santa and Mrs. Claus. “This is awesome,” Jenein Sinclair, Brody’s grandmother and Javin’s great-aunt, said. “They stayed last night and they were on cloud nine all night. We’ll definitely plan to do this next year.”
Camery Sparks, 7, decorates a cookie, at the Claus Breakfast event, and poses for a photo taken by her Washington Elementary School mentor, Nanci Opfer, of Sedalia. Sedalia Parks and Recreation Superintendent Kari Tyler said the annual event, that offers breakfast, crafts, games and an audience with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, has grown this year. “We are very please,” she added. “This is double what we had last year.”
While most children were busy at the Breakfast with the Clauses event Saturday, 4-month-old Hailey Jouben, fell asleep in her mother Jennifer Jouben’s arms. Hailey was attending the event with her mother, father Robbi Jouben and, 7-year-old sister, Nora Jouben all of Sedalia. “We’ve had a good time,” Jennifer Jouben said. “We went to the Candy Cane Hunt yesterday.”
Sara Bax, of Sedalia, helps her children Joshua, 2, and Emily Bax, 4, make “reindeer food” at the table of parks and recreation volunteer Pam Pilant, of Cole Camp. Pilant said the food is made of oats, birdseed, sunflower seed and glitter and is supposed to be “magic.” The children throw it out on the lawn on Christmas Eve for Santa’s reindeer.
Getting their photo made beside snowman Olaf, Kaylen Carey, left, 6, and her sister Dani, 2, pose for their father Mark Carey, of Sedalia. The girls were attending the Breakfast with the Clauses event with their father and mother Kylie Carey.