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Community Celebrates the Holiday Season

The Valley County community enjoyed numerous events throughout the holiday season starting with WinterFest on November 24th which featured the Toys for Tots Basketball Tournament, Winter Wonderland Vendor Fair, Santa at the library, horse and carriage rides, a community soup supper, the WinterFest Parade, Elements Salon, Spa, & Boutique Style Show, and live music.

Several alumni and friends participated in the Toys for Tots Basketball Tournament.

Several alumni and friends participated in the Toys for Tots Basketball Tournament.

Holiday shoppers took advantage of many local retailers’ specials during the Thanksgiving weekend. In order to encourage shopping locally during the holiday season, the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce sponsored a Holiday Scavenger Hunt in November and December. By shopping locally, customers earned entries in a weekly drawing that took place at each of the community soup suppers. Melani Hagge, Andy Bowin, Lacey Johnson, and Darlene K. Bruha were the lucky winners of the scavenger hunt drawings. Each winner received $500 in Ord Area ChamberBucks.

During WinterFest on November 24th, the Ord Township Library Foundation hosted the first of four community soup suppers.  The library foundation raised approximately $700 which will be used for new programming and services at the library.

Shoppers stand in line for fresh brewed coffee at Valley Fire Pottery after the parade.

Shoppers stand in line for fresh brewed coffee at Valley Fire Pottery after the parade.

The St. John’s and Bethany Lutheran youth groups hosted the second soup supper and raised over $210.  Their proceeds will benefit Bethany Lutheran’s youth mission trip and St. John Lutheran’s youth convention.

The third community soup supper was hosted by Valley County Health System employees.  They received over $380 which was donated to Make Christmas Happen.  Janet Eppenbach, Public Relations and Marketing Coordinator for VCHS states “Valley County Health System embraces and enjoys the opportunity to work together to give back to our community.”

The final soup supper was a joint effort by the Valley County Community Foundation Fund Advisory Committee and the Ord High School FBLA Chapter.  Together they raised a total of $500.  FBLA donated $200 of the proceeds to Make Christmas Happen and the remaining $300 will benefit the community foundation’s unrestricted endowment which provides an ongoing source of income for program funding and community improvements.

The Ord Area Chamber of Commerce would like to thank all of the participating businesses, organizations, and volunteers who contributed to the success of the annual holiday celebration. To learn how your organization can be involved or to find out how you can volunteer for next year’s WinterFest celebration and holiday activities, contact the Ord Area Chamber of Commerce at (308) 728-7875.

A large crowd lined the streets in downtown Ord during the WinterFest Parade.

A large crowd lined the streets in downtown Ord during the WinterFest Parade.

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