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Christmas Fest

Community center filled with food, entertainment, gifts


--Photo for The Record by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

Last Wednesday's Christmas Fest filled the community center with vendors shoppers, entertainers and folks hoping to win one of the many raffle prizes and door prizes available.

Christmas Fest 2016 was another success for Odessa businesses and the vendors who fill the tables in the community center with a wide variety of items to buy as gifts for others or treats for themselves.

According to organizer Faye King, "As always, a great, generous group of vendors braved the cold and wet weather to make our day super."

There were 40 vendors using 51 tables and/or spaces. Of those vendors, 10 were new to Christmas Fest:

Emma Squire & Friends (sewing, crafts), Ange Hayes (handmade signs and crafts), Jessica Torres (Tupperware), Cheryl Stott (wreaths, with a portion donated to the Food Bank), Sarah Hofer, (soaps, lotions), Kelly Weber (vintage-style bottles, decorations), Pancho Torres (variety, munchies), Jena Meise (LuLaRoe Fashions), Lisa Sandygren (POSH facial creams, lotions), Mike Kramer (metal artwork).

Shop Odessa, Chamber Bucks drawing

There were 15 entries in the drawing. Those who won $50 each in Chamber Bucks were Colleen Lobe, Julie Williams, Lori Kammenge and Ryan Melgren.

The grand prize winner of $100 in Chamber Bucks was Carol Williams of Odessa.

Christmas Fest door prizes

There were 330 entries vying for door prizes donated by various vendors that attended the event and 35 winners of the prizes: Peggy Goetz, Carter Zigan, Clay Hayes, Ramona Portillo, Ashley Zagelow, Jim Zimprich, Jeanette Samuel, Judy Cook, Sara Maendel, Jerry Walter, Jose Zaragoza, Boyd Roberts, Jesse Reeves, Jennifer Goetz, Kim Lovvik, Danielle Scrupps, Annie Walter, Terry Connolly, Charlie Nixon, Joyce Walter, Sally Siegel, Karen Carlson, Carol W., Alyx Scheller, Jim Boss, Carol Geist, Julie Williams, Ange Hayes, Margaret Ferguson, Richard Kellar, Lori Valdez, Erin Moormeier, Ryan Melgren, Rylee Goetz, Lois Harp.

4-H burger booth

--Photo for The Record by Terrie Schmidt-Crosby.

During Christmas Fest last Wednesday at the community center, even big kids like Ryan Melgren want to tell Santa what was on their wish lists.

Jennifer Singer was chairman of the burger booth for the Odessa Junior Livestock 4-H Club. Roland Singer and Ryan Coleman served as grill masters.

"By our calculations, we sold one more burger than last year!" said King.


Kaci King once again lined up interesting entertainment for the stage in the community center, with musicians, singers and dancers performing throughout the day.


Toward the end of the event, Santa arrived on an Odessa fire truck with sirens wailing. The Odessa Public Library, located within the community center, was where Santa was able to meet with children and Don Sheldon snapped pictures for families that wanted them. The Friends of the Library also held a raffle inside the library offering items of interest for young and old.


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