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Sisters Margaret Ruffino and Ruth Hayden take a look at Holly Froemke's wheat weaving during the 34th annual Wadena Christmas Festival in the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School. Shopping at the event is a yearly tradition for the sisters.

Shoppers visit Christmas Festival and Miracle Mansion

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Visitors to town made their traditional trek to the Wadena Christmas Festival at Memorial Auditorium and the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School this past weekend. The 34th annual festival featured 82 arts and crafts vendors, food, performing artists, Santa Claus and children's activities.

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Nice weather contributed to a good turnout at the event, said festival coordinator Mim Maas. About 200 more people came this year compared to last year. The total attendance was around 2,500, she said.

"It was a very successful weekend again," Maas said.

A new event also took place over the weekend across the street from the Christmas Festival. The Miracle Mansion on the corner of Colfax Avenue and Second Street hosted its first-ever Christmas Boutique featuring home decorating items and a bake sale.

The Rev. Carol Carroll said the response to the boutique was so overwhelming they have planned another one for Dec. 19 and 20. Hours will be posted outside the mansion.

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