Pafford to fly Santa to Starkville

Faith Lifer
Staff Writer

Although Santa Claus is known for traveling by sleigh, Pafford Emergency Medical Services will fly him into Starkville by helicopter Friday night to ring in the Christmas season.

Santa will come from Clarksdale and land at Starkville Fire Department Fire Station 2 at 118 Airport Road shortly after 6 p.m.

“We’re going to start at 6 p.m. (Santa) will probably come at 6:15 p.m. or 6:30 p.m., somewhere in there,” Pafford Paramedic Candace Woodson said. “We’re planning on just about two hours."

But it depends on how many people show up. We would love to be there until midnight, but 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. is our timeframe.”

Children who attend will have the opportunity to take pictures with Santa as well as touch and walk through the helicopter. Parents will also have the opportunity to pay for professional photography if they prefer.

“We have a photographer. She’s offering packages that go from $10 to $20,” Woodson said. “But we’re not against people using their own cell- phones to take pictures if they don’t want to buy them.”

Woodson led the organization of the event.

“It’s just something fun for the kids to do. We’re kind of new here so we’re trying to show people what we offer and this is a way to do it— by bringing in our cool toys,” Woodson said as she laughed.

Woodson also hopes local children will get to know the Pafford crew better through the event.

“It’s good because if we meet them the first time by going to their house because somebody’s sick, that’s not really how someone wants to remember you,” Woodson said. “If they get to meet us doing something fun, especially with the kids...they can go, ‘Oh, that’s the person that I met the day that I took pictures with Santa Claus and got to play with a helicopter.’”