Annual Wadena Christmas Festival ready to shine
The 42nd Annual Wadena Christmas Festival takes place November 25 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wadena-Deer Creek Elementary School with craft vendors, food and entertainment all on hand throughout the day to keep people busy.
Also for visitors will be free horse-drawn carriage rides, Santa and Mrs. Claus, face painting, caricature drawings, and a bake sale. Shirley Uselman, executive director with the Wadena Chamber of Commerce, said there will be about 100 vendors total at the event.
"Most are from within a 100-mile radius of the area, but some are from out of state," she added.
Also this year, Friendly Rider will be giving free rides to and from local businesses.
Uselman said that feature was added to support Small Business Saturday. "We people to remember to buy local, so that's something folks can check out for free."
Uselman has been involved with the festival for five years now, and said her favorite part is the shopping, and she also enjoys seeing all the crafters.
"Every year it's a lot of fun to see all the new ideas the crafters come up with," she said. "I visit with them, and then I also visit with and the people who come through. It's just a great time."
Last year the festival had 2,502 people come through the doors. Uselman said that was a great turnout, one the Chamber of Commerce hopes to repeat again this year.
Admission is $2, with 12 and under free. Admission fees support the chamber's various events throughout the year.
Food will be served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for vendors and the public. Uselman said vendors who can't get away from their booths will have a lunch of soup and sandwiches served to them.