FREDERICKTOWN — The Fredericktown community is preparing to host its 19th annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction on Saturday from 3-7 p.m. This community event raises funds to help support Food for the Hungry, Fredericktown Interchurch and the Fredericktown Salvation Army.

The number of people needing assistance continues to increase. The charity auction provides funds to help meet the needs for food and other emergency services. Many who never thought they would find themselves in need are helped by donations to the auction. The auction will be held at 3 p.m. in the Fredericktown Senior Center located at 2 E. Sandusky St. Quality donations will be appreciated as will your attendance to help support this event. Families, friends, neighbors, churches and organizations are encouraged to partner to create baskets, service offerings and gift certificates to donate. Donations may be dropped off at the Senior Citizen’s Building the day of the event or at the municipal office in advance.

A new event this year is Santa Cents. Visitors can join the hunt along Main Street for Santa Cents that can be spent at participating merchants through Dec. 31.

Another new event is the 5K fun run. Runners can register the day of the event starting at 2:15 p.m.

Bring the family and enjoy the many other events that will be offered.

Local craft vendors and hot food will be at the Fredericktown Presbyterian Church; visit Santa at the Gazebo; ice sculptures; live musical groups; wagon rides around the lighted display at Sockman Park; a live nativity; Letters to Santa, Crafts for Kids; and poinsettia sale and hot food at the Masonic Lodge. WNZR will have a photo booth at the Baptist church where you can also make Christmas crafts; and vote for a favorite gingerbread house at First Knox bank. The official lighting of the Christmas tree will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the gazebo.

The commemorative ornament this year features an Olde Fashioned Fredericktown Christmas theme featuring the iconic image of an old truck with a Christmas tree. This unique ornament was designed and crafted by local artisans Jim and Scarlet Crane of Traditions Engraving. Ornaments can be purchased the day of the event at the ornament table at the Presbyterian Church.


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