FARMINGTON — Berg Park was lit with the soft glow of luminarias while residents strolled the lit paths enjoying hot chocolate, cider, choral renditions of Christmas tunes and the beginning of the Christmas season.

The River Reach Foundation's 26th annual River Glo festival, held from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, attracted some of the event's largest attendance on record.

"This is probably the largest turnout we've had," said Paul McQueary while working at the refreshment booth. "We've completely run out of hot chocolate and have to get more. I bet we've served more than 50 gallons. The only thing missing is some snow flurries, then it would be perfect."

River Glo is normally held on the first weekend of December, and organizers think that moving it a week earlier helped with the larger turnout.

"It seems more lively and well attended," said Lisa Hamilton, of Farmington. "They held it earlier, but it works for the warmer weather."

River Glo is sponsored by the River Reach Foundation, a non-profit formed in 1986 to protect the river in Farmington.

"It's our best ever," said Damon Weems, of the River Reach Foundation.

The free event featured school, community and church choral groups dispersed throughout the park singing Christmas carols and popular songs. The choral performances also featured selections from Handel's "Messiah," conducted by San Juan College Instrumental Music Program Director Keith Cochrane.

Linda Edwards, the college's choral director, has been bringing the college chorus to perform at River Glo for the past 14 years.


Santa Claus was especially popular among children in attendance, and a nativity scene with live barn animals added to the festive atmosphere.

"I think it's a wonderful thing for the community," said Katlyn McKinney, of Farmington.