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Empty Stocking Talent Show is Dec. 9

The 83rd Annual Empty Stocking Talent Show has some new acts and a new feature this year -- a silent auction.

The live show will be from 7-10 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 9 at the Wadena-Deer Creek High School Commons, kicking off with an invocation by the Rev. Del Moen and ending with a performance by Christie Meier.

The new silent auction, featuring items donated by local businesses, will run from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The auction was added as an extra incentive for people to come in person and enjoy the show.

Diane Peters put together three solid hours of Christmas-themed entertainment this year. Performers include Val Schmitz, Renita McGrane, Leon Gordon, Robert Segovia, the First Congregational United Church of Christ and the Sonshine Kids Choir, Jim Uselman, Pat Quance, Megan Sly, Marilyn Twete, Hanna Larson, Peggy Larson, Alec Larson, Deanna Skov, Kim Harrington, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Taylor Schwartz, Melissa Koch, Suzanne Moe, Mary Shorek, Scott Wagner, Mitchell Gaaske, Wadena Area Community Band, Laura Smith and Family, St. John Lutheran Church Choir, Jodee Finn, Dennis Rounds, Karen Leverington, a WDC High School saxophone quartet, Allen Uselman, Molly Barrett, Haley Anderson, Jackie Tellers, Haley Kellogg, Deb Nelson, Lin Bentrup and Christie Meier. Some performers may change by the Dec. 9 performance time.

There is plenty of seating and some goodies for those who attend. There is no cost to attend. Those who prefer to listen on the radio can catch all three hours of live broadcast on KWAD radio, 920 AM.

The Empty Stocking Talent Show is the biggest fundraiser for the Empty Stocking Fund, which provides a meal and presents for local kids at Christmas.

Donations can be made the night of the performance by calling 632-GIVE. Or they can be made anytime by calling Cari Crooker at (218) 631-2561.

Drop off locations are Wadena State Bank, all three locations (Wadena, Bluffton, Deer Creek) West Central Telephone (Sebeka and Menahga), Casey's, Todd-Wadena Electric, First National Bank Wadena, Mid Central Federal, AmericINN and Wadena Pioneer Journal.