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Wilson celebrates Christmas Saturday

POSTED: December 11, 2013 7:00 a.m.

The Wilson Chamber of Commerce will ring in the holiday season Saturday, Dec. 14, by hosting its annual Christmas Festival in the Wilson High School commons.
Susan Kriley, the chamber’s secretary-treasurer, said this year’s event promises to be bigger and better than ever.
“We’ve had a great response from vendors, and had a lot of people talk about it,” she said. “We’ve also got a great list for the Tour of Homes and chamber businesses — and, of course, Santa and the Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak Queen.”
“I think it’s going to be a good festival,” said Jerry Florian, chamber president.
Kriley said the holiday event is a great way to help local businesses and citizens get a head start on their Christmas shopping.
The slate of activities begins at noon with item sales, crafters, a bake sale, and chamber lunch stand until 5 p.m. Children will also be given the opportunity to assemble and decorate their own gingerbread houses to take home.
“The kids go off into another room to decorate their gingerbread houses while the parents get to do a little shopping, or maybe just relax a little bit,” Kriley said.
Florian summed up his Christmas Festival favorite in one word — food.
“There’s a lot of homemade good stuff,” he said. “You get a good variety.”
The chamber lunch stand plans to sell sloppy joes, potato chips, soda pop, cookies and other Christmas desserts.
The vendors will have a wide variety of gift items for sale, including yard ornaments, greeting cards, Miche brand handbags, hair bows, magnet jewelry, quilts, jam, jelly, Pampered Chef products, scarves, western pictures, nick knacks, Thirty One brand bags, wallets and handbags, Avon, post cards, t-shirts, kettle corn, books, tote bags, wind chimes, body wraps, baked items and bierocks.
From 1 to 3 p.m., Santa Claus and Jessie Brockway, the 2013 Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak queen, make a grand entrance on a Wilson Fire Department fire engine and will be available for pictures with children.
“We tried to get Mrs. Claus here as well, but that didn’t turn out for us,” Kriley said. “We definitely like to see the Miss Kansas Czech-Slovak queen participate in the festival, that way the kids get to see her.”
The firefighters will provide each child visiting Santa with a goody bag.
From 5 to 7 p.m., the Tour of Homes and Chamber businesses takes place.
“We hope people will come out and tour the homes and businesses,” Kriley said. “We’ve had a really good turnout in the past — I think it’s just something really good for the community.”
The list of homes on the tour are the Steve Muleski residence at 2112 Ave. E, the Mike and Karen Peschka residence at 2320 Ave. I, and the David and Becky Sells residence at 2204 Avenue E. Chamber businesses on the tour are the Lang Memorial Library, 2405 Ave. F, and Golden Living Center, 611 31st Street.
“We’d like to bring more people into Wilson,” Florian said. “Wilson’s a great community. We just have to build upon it.”

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