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BROCKTON, MA 2:00 pm
Christmas Block Downtown Brockton Crescent Street to School Street
TO SET A WORLD RECORD FOR THE MOST SANTA HATS!!!!
Sunday – November 24th,
2013– Santa Hat Challenge
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
11:00 check-in, 2:00 p.m. official count
In November of 2008, the elves at
1stDepartmentStoreSanta.com thought it was time to bring
attention to a great Brocktonian,
Mr. James Edgar. “Uncle Jim” as he was fondly called by the children of Brockton, to tell the story of how he became America’s
First Department Store Santa. The Santa Hat Challenge was created to bring awareness of Mr. Edgar’s generosity and
philanthropy to the children of Brockton Massachusetts. Santa Hats (sponsored by Signature Healthcare) were distributed
throughout the city along with a history lesson of Mr. James Edgar and a date was organized to set a world record of the most
people wearing Santa hats, all in his honor.
first year over 500 people gathered in front of a plaque (donated by
Samaritan Medical Center) dedicated to Mr. Edgar
at the location of the original Edgars Department store in Downtown Brockton. The following year the Irish Echo reported
that Mullingar Ireland joined in on the fun and broke Brockton’s record by gathering 780 people subsequently a brotherhood
was bonded between the two cities. Later in November of that year Brockton reclaimed the record with 982 and in 2011
set a new record with 1780.
Mr. Edgar is an original charter member of the
Santa Claus Hall of Fame.
To read more about this generous and philanthropic man you can visit
www.SantaClausHall.com or www.1stdepartmentstoresanta.com
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