Christmas is inching closer and closer, and so is the annual North Pole Extravaganza.

North Pole Extravaganza set for Saturday

•Annual holiday shopping event continues to grow

Christmas is inching closer and closer, and so is the annual North Pole Extravaganza. Local businesses that will be participating on Saturday in the annual event have set their hours and what each will be offering shoppers.

North Pole Extravaganza, co-hosted and coordinated by Barb Rye and Jan Faris, is now in its 41st year in Minneota. It was initially started by a few local women while their spouses were deer hunting. North Pole Extravaganza, which has evolved into a bigger event each year, is designed for early holiday shoppers.

New this year is One More Time Thrift Store's large silent auction with over 100 items. It will be held from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the VFW building on Jefferson Street. The thrift store's silent auction was initially scheduled to be held outside One More Time's store on First Street during Boxelder Bug Days, but inclement weather forced it to be postponed.

Other local businesses participating in North Pole Extravaganza will be: Arched Door, B Lenore, City Hall Bar & Grill, Hometown Kitchen and Bath, J's Dream, Mary Louise, and This and That Recreated.

Store times and any specials and treats can be found on the North Pole Extravaganza ad on the homepage.

At Bethel Fellowship Church, Santa Claus will arrive via fire truck at 11 a.m. for photo opportunities. Also at Bethel Fellowship will be a huge bake sale hosted by St. Edward's Church, as well as a Sloppy Joe lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (or until supplies last), a silent auction, and over 20 vendors on hand to sell their products.

The vendors include: Avon, Brenda's Embroidery, Cathy's Creations, Color Street, Cozy Creations, Crafts by Claire, Expressly Yours Jewelry, Happy Crafter & Pretty Unique, Kayla's Creations, Mary Kay, North Dreams, Norwex, Origami Owl, Quilting and Sewing, Scentsy, Simply Tasteful, Thirty One Gifts, Three Hearts Vintage, Tupperware, Usborne Books, Val's Creations, and Young Living.

The silent auction at Bethel Fellowship benefits the local Christmas Angels program that assists needy families in purchasing holiday gifts for their children.

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