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Crawford gearing up for Pioneer Christmas Festival

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The Crawford Pioneer Christmas Festival is a week of holiday fun, beginning with the Parade of Lights on Nov. 23, and concluding with a community potluck and auction on Nov. 30.

Everyone is welcome to participate in the Parade of Lights, set for Friday, Nov. 23. There is no entry fee ... just show up and join in the fun. The United Methodist Church will serve up a wonderful meal before the parade.

To kick off the parade, there will be a lighting of Crawford Town Hall at 6 p.m. with the Parade of Lights immediately afterwards. Visit Santa after the parade inside Town Hall. Please bring your own camera.

The committee is actively looking for tree/wreath or Christmas decorations (centerpieces or an actual decoration) that can be entered into this year's auction. To donate contact Tristan Pfeffer at 206-679-7998 or email tristan.pfeffer@gmail.com, or Collenette Vervloet at 970-921-5505 or email ynotchuk@verizon.net.

The drop-off schedule for trees or wreaths at Crawford Town Hall is different this year. There will be a morning drop off from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. Drop off times on Tuesday, Nov. 20, are 4 to 7 p.m.

To encourage wider participation, the committee has expanded the festival to include wreaths, centerpieces or ornaments as well as trees.

There is an exciting new twist to Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Night on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The Madrigal Choir will perform and will definitely put everyone in the Christmas Spirit. The night will showcase three North Fork wineries as well as lots of tasty treats. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door.

The High Tea at Crawford Town Hall is set for Thursday, Nov. 29, beginning at noon. There will be some new food items and the committee is looking for folks willing to decorate a table. There will be a prize for the best dressed/decorated table. Call Collenette Vervloet at 970-921-5505 if interested. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door.

The Crawford Public Library will host a kids' day on Nov. 29, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Mrs. Claus will be on hand to help with the fun, which includes crafts, face painting, treats and more.

Wrapping up the Pioneer Festival of Trees is the big community potluck and auction on Friday, Nov. 30. David and Tamara Hauze will provide live entertainment. The potluck begins at 5:30 p.m., and the auction begins at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets for the Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Night on Nov. 27, and for the Festive High Tea on Nov. 29, are now available at Wild Country Keepsakes, First State Bank in Crawford, Needlerock Mountain Realty, the Crawford Town Hall, and the Hitching Post. After business hours or on weekends, call Collenette Vervloet at 970-921-5505.

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