Santa Claus arrives in Statesboro by motorbike

STATESBORO, Ga. (WSAV) – Santa traded reindeer for a motorcycle on Saturday in Statesboro. Santa’s usual companions were replaced as his sleigh was pulled by Curtis Gay on a motorcycle decked out in Christmas gear.

Santa was escorted by dozens of motorcycles, as well as Statesboro Police, to Harville House Barn. Every year, the wedding venue turns into Santa’s resting area where the kids can get together and take pictures with Santa Claus.

Gay said he has been working with Santa since the event started in 2003.

“It’s nice to have him as a good friend,” Gay said in an interview on Friday. “We look forward to working together every year. ”

Gay was a member of a local biker group that had started a charity toy race. Meanwhile, a sled built by him and his father in 1988 was waiting in his garden to be used.

Then one day a local manager at the Statesboro Mall saw Gay with his sled and got an idea. What if Gay used his sleigh to bring Santa to the mall? He had an even better one.

“What if we combine all of that and make it Santa’s toy?” Gay said.

In 2003, the events were separate, but in 2004, Santa’s journey through Statesboro and his toy race officially became one. Now Santa Claus collects toys and monetary donations every year. These donations are then given to Fostering Bulloch.

“It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season and a great way to get into the Christmas spirit by helping a child who deserves it,” Gay said.

To find more information about Fostering Bulloch and how to get involved, click or tap here.

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