Queens' Alumni committee hosts annual Giddy Up! Christmas
On Saturday, November 16, kids and parents in their holiday best gathered at the Rotary House for the annual Giddy Up! Christmas. The event is one of four annual events put on by the Queens’ Alumni committee for special needs children.
Kids moved from face painting to cookie decorating to balloon animal hats to getting hugs from Harry the Horse. At lunchtime, the Queens’ Alumni committee gathered the families together to sing “Santa Claus is coming to town.” The carol brought forth the man in the big red suit himself! Santa had a chance to meet with and give every child a gift.
Facepainting at Giddy Up! Christmas
Giddy Up! Christmas is the last Giddy Up! event of the year. Giddy Up! Aggie Days in April gave special needs children exclusive access to the interactive agriculture exhibits and animals at Aggie Days. During 10-day Stampede, Giddy Up! Grits offered the kids a special Stampede breakfast and exclusive access to the Midway rides before the Park opened to the public. And Giddy Up! Celebration invited children and their families to a ranch where they have a chance to ride and pet horses, play midway games and win prizes.
“[The events] are an amazing opportunity to just be kids and just have a lot of fun,” said one participating parent.
The Giddy Up! events are all sponsored by Maxim Power Corps. Southland Transportation provided funding for this year’s Giddy Up! Grits event as well.
Members of the Queens' Alumni and Promotion committees with Santa
“The Queens’ Alumni committee is honoured to be able to serve the community through the Giddy Up! events,” said June-Marie Innes, Queens’ Alumni committee chair. “We are continually looking for ways to grow and enhance the program.
The Queens’ Alumni have been putting on the Giddy Up events for 34 years.