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Annual Christmas Festival slated for Saturday at Shakamak Elementary School

Thursday, November 29, 2012

The Shakamak Area Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Christmas Festival on Saturday at the Shakamak Elementary School in Jasonville.

Events will kick off at 8:30 a.m. with the Shakamak Elementary choir performance, followed by a performance by the Shakamak High School choir.

"I believe this is the first time the high school has done it ... so that is something to look forward to," event co-organizer Andrea Duncan said.

The Parent Teacher Organization will open the Secret Shopping at Santa's Workshop in the school library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

"They do it every year. It is a kick-off, with inexpensive gifts the kids can go in and purchase for their families. They can point out what they want for mom, dad or their sister," Duncan said.

The items are around $1 or $2, Duncan said, and the students can go in during the week and purchase the items for family and friends.

"The kids can go in during the school day and purchase items, and someone is there to help wrap the gifts," Duncan added.

Raffle tickets will be sold from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. for a chance to win a $100 bill. The raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Bruce Borders will be performing Elvis Presley numbers at 10 a.m., which Duncan said is the same time slot each year.

"Of course, you know, Bruce has his fans come, and he performs at the same time every year," Duncan noted.

The Lawton Street Youth Band will perform at 11:30 a.m., and the Jones family with Larry Sabiston will be on stage at noon.

St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church will sell lunch items in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as a fundraiser for the church.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be visiting the event at 2 p.m., and the Christmas Festival Prince and Princess will be crowned.

"They are third graders. They draw the names in school. The prince and princess get a gift, get a shaw, and a little recognition and photo opps with Santa," Duncan said.

Vendors will be set up in the elementary gymnasium from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., with a variety of items. Duncan said many of the vendors return each year.

"I actually have vendors that are recurring and they want the same spots every year," Duncan said.

Final door prizes and the $100 bill drawing will take place at 3 p.m. Duncan said there are various door prize items.

"This year it seems a lot of the businesses were giving donations for gas cards, with the struggling economy," Duncan said. "There is a wide variety from first-aid kits, CDs, smoke alarms, gas cards and meal certificates."

There will also be a donation box at the event to help raise money for the local food pantry in time for the Christmas season.

"It (the event) gives something for our community to do, and remind them they don't have to go out of town, Duncan noted.

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