Christmas in the County is here

Published 7:57 am Friday, December 17, 2010

The Historical Society is set to celebrate Christmas — finally.

Christmas in the County, the Mower County Historical Society’s largest yearly fundraiser, was postponed last week with the promise of impending snow.

With the historic winter storm in the past, the county is prepared to celebrate Christmas from 3 to 7 p.m Saturday.

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“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and a lot of people love coming out,” said Dustin Heckman, executive director.

Fundraisers continue to be important during tough budget times, especially after the county reduced the Historical Society’s allocation by 10 percent.

Last year, the fundraiser brought in more than $3,000. Along with a bake sale that started last Friday, there will be a silent auction for the Historical Society. Heckman said the auction will include more items than last year. Items on sale include an autograph from Vikings WR Percy Harvin, an autograph of Twins great Tony Oliva and gift baskets.

On Dec. 18, there will be a number of events including sleigh rides and a visit from Santa.

Children will have plenty to do Saturday, as they can make pine cone bird feeders or ornaments.

They can also blow the whistle on the train.