Although it’s not actually Christmas Eve, all through Onida people will be celebrating like it is at the 18th annual ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas on Friday. The day’s activities include a craft fair, kids’ activities, and horse-drawn wagon rides, a parade, as well as business open houses throughout town.
According to organizer Marileen Tilberg, this year’s craft fair will be the largest ever. There are 28 vendors filling both the Sully County Phoenix Center and the Bakery Café. The fair will be from 3:00-8:00 p.m. Sixteen vendors will be at the Phoenix Center and another dozen at the Bakery.
Vendors signed up to attend the celebration include: Carol Gengler with Jafra Skin Care; Beth Grassi with Mary Kay Cosmetics; Karli McCance with Violet Victoria Jewelry and Karli's Handbags; Stephanie Heyd with Bling 'n Things; Marquette Brink with At Home America and Mary Kay; Linda Knox, Patti Jordre, Tawana Grueb with their business Grassland Gourmet; Joy Penrod with Joy’s Jewelry; Sara Wiese with Beadarific, which consists of bracelets, barrettes, key chains, bookmarks and the like; Luce Funeral Home will have Christmas ornaments, memorial and celebration candles, heirloom flower candles, pet stones, peacelights, and pre-arrangement information; Cheri Wittler with Thirty-one Gifts; Steve and Lisa Jonas with Tupperware products; Don Rehorst with wood hutches, shelves, benches and other items; Tad Perry will be campaigning for Senate; Vicki Sleger with Private Quarters Bedding and photography; Michelle Beeler with Christmas ornaments, crocheted afghans, towels, hats and gloves; Steve West will sell handcrafted wooden bowls; Brandy Bartz with purses, scarves, wallets and more; Bobbi Poindexter with Norwex cleaning products; Faye Chambliss with homemade jelly; Donna Schmahl will sell crocheted afghans, dish cloths, embroidered dishtowels, and handcrafted knives; Joie Jones with Miche Bags and the Rainbow Cleaning System; Sasha Bersche with The Wildflower Salon products; Brooke Dozark with Rodan and Fields Skin Care products; Beverly Duffel with assorted handmade crafts; and Shari Frost with Signs on a Dime.
In addition to the various vendors that will be at the craft fair, many businesses throughout Onida will host open houses and customer appreciation parties (look at advertisements in this issue announcing times).
St. Pius X Catholic Church will be holding their annual Christmas bazaar in the basement of the church with a soup and sandwich meal being served from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Baked goods and raffle drawings will also be available from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and a supper will be from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Holy Cross Lutheran Church will host a bakesale and have barbecues, hotdogs, chili, pie, pop and more at the craft fair.
The Onida Lions Club will be giving out free popcorn from 5:00-7:30 p.m. on Main Street. They will also have a box nearby so old eye glasses, hearing aids, and cell phones can be donated.
There will be Kiddie Train Rides starting at 6:00 p.m. at the Train Depot, in front of Lamb’s Discount.
NOW Puppets of Calvary Baptist Church will be performing two puppet shows at the Phoenix Center. One will be at 5:30 p.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m.
Mrs. Santa Claus will be hanging out at the Phoenix Center from 6:00-7:00 p.m. She will be accepting letters for Santa and posing for pictures with the children (parents bring your cameras).
Dale and Jane Brehe will give free horse-drawn wagon rides from 5:00-9:00 p.m.
And while Rudolph was left at home, Santa will come down Main Street atop one of the Onida Fire Department’s red fire trucks instead. He will stop by the front of the Phoenix Center at 7:00 p.m. to distribute treats to the children.
One of the many highlights of the evening will be the Parade of Lights, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to enter a lighted float in the parade. There is no registration or entry fee. The only requirement is that you must be ready to leave from the Methodist Church before 7:30 so the parade can start on time.
‘Twas the Night Before Christmas celebration sponsors are Onida Area Development Corporation and the Onida Chamber of Commerce.