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Wauneta Chamber to kick off Christmas season Monday PDF Print E-mail
Written by Wauneta Breeze   
Thursday, 26 November 2015 00:00

Monday the Wauneta Chamber will host their sixth annual Christmas Kick-Off. Here, Maressa Smith casts her ballot for the best chili at the 2014 event. (Breeze file photo)


By Sheri Hink-Wagner and Diane Stamm

The Wauneta Breeze

With Thanksgiving soon marking the beginning of the holiday season, the Christmas season will be welcomed to Wauneta Monday, Nov. 30 with the Wauneta Chamber’s sixth annual Christmas Kick-Off.

The community is invited to the event which will be held at the Wauneta Community Building, formerly the American Legion Hall, from 5 p.m. MT/6 p.m. CT to 7 p.m. MT/8 p.m. CT.

Several contests will be offered throughout the evening. The evening will feature the event’s traditional contest, a chili cook-off. There has also been interest in expanding the feature contest to include an open-class soup competition; however, more contestants are needed to make the open-class soup contest a reality. Those who would like to enter the open-class soup contest should contact event organizers Rebecca Munderloh and Amanda Pankonin by Friday, Nov. 27.

The Christmas tree decorating contest will continue for the fourth year and a coloring contest has been added. The community is invited to choose a winner of the coloring contest from pictures colored by Wauneta-Palisade students. Other kids’ activities will be available.

Preschoolers and kindergarten students from Wauneta-Palisade Schools will perform carols beginning at 6 p.m. MT/7 p.m. CT.

Soups and desserts will be served throughout the evening. Wauneta Chamber members are asked to bring a dessert.

Free-will donations will be accepted. Funds raised from the event will be used to support the Wauneta Chamber.

Munderloh and Pankonin, in their first year leading the kick-off, are hoping for a good crowd from the community.

“We really want to see the community get involved,” Munderloh said. “It’s always fun when kids are involved, so hopefully we will have a good turnout.”

The United Methodist Church will set up an Angel Tree at the Christmas Kick-Off festivities again this year. The tree will feature descriptions of children in need who attend schools in the Wauneta-Palisade School district. The tree will also feature “angels” for families who could use a food basket this holiday season.

Those who wish to purchase a gift for one of the children or a gift basket for one of the families may take an “angel” off the tree at the Kick-Off, purchase and wrap a gift then drop it off at Valley Bank by Dec. 15.

After the Christmas Kick-Off the Angel Tree will be on display at Valley Bank where people wishing to participate in the program will be able to choose an “angel” to help make someone’s season a little brighter.

There will also be an Angel Tree available at the Pioneer Community Federal Credit Union in Palisade. “Angels” picked up from the Palisade location should be returned to the Credit Union by Dec. 15.

Those wishing to make a gift to an “angel” this year should plan to arrive at the Christmas Kick-off early. UMC Pastor Bonnie McCord said last year all but two “angels” were chosen within the first 15 minutes of the Kick-Off last year. “People in both Wauneta and Palisade have been so very supportive of the Angel Tree in past years,” commented McCord.

Monday night will also be the first night Wauneta business patrons can sign up for the annual Santa Saturday drawings. The drawing will take place on Saturday, Dec. 19 at approximately noon MT/1 p.m. CT in front of the Chateau Theatre. Starting Tuesday, drawing sign-up slips will be available at participating businesses around town.

For more information about the Kick-Off contact Munderloh, 308-414-0077, or Pankonin, 308-883-0138.

Reminders to Chamber members

Chamber members are asked to help make the Christmas Kick-off a success by bringing a dessert to be served at the event. Those who can bring a dessert should call Munderloh or Pankonin.

Chamber members who would like to donate items to the Santa Saturday drawings this year are asked to contact Rod Keiser at 308-394-6600. All items to be given away during the Santa Saturday Drawings must be delivered to the Champa Group office by noon MT/1 p.m. CT on Friday, Dec. 18.