by Jody Davis

Special to the Pilot

More than 130 children greeted Santa Claus during his annual visit to the Port of Brookings Harbor on Sunday.

andquot;We had a much bigger crowd than the previous two years,andquot; said event organizer Cindy Voortman, of the Book Dock book store. andquot;It was a lot of work, but it's gratifying when that many people show up and have fun.andquot;

She attributed the high turnout to the fact that the event took place during the day rather than at night, as had been done in past years.

Santa and his elves arrived at the port around 1 p.m. on a U.S. Coast Guard boat to kick off the event, which featured live musical and theatrical entertainment by local artists and production companies, including the Bock Dock Band, Muse Theatrix and the Chetco Pelican Players.

Port merchants and non-profit and volunteer organizations such as the Brookings-Harbor Red Shirts and Harbor Fire Department collect toys for children and canned food donations for the Brookings-Harbor Community Food Share program.

The Hungry Clam restaurant sold clam chowder to raise about $100 for Food Share, and a bake sale netted about $135, Voortman said.