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Planning meetings begin in Needles’ Holiday Fun Fair set for Saturday, December 1

September 27, 2018

NEEDLES — Vendors are still welcomed for the Needles Holiday Fun Fair that is to take place on Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The event is to be held in front of the Desert Communities Federal Credit Union and will stretch out along Broadway from H Street to G Street.

Vendors can reserve a 10x10 space for $35. If electricity is needed the cost will cost $45. If a vendor pays by Nov. 1 they’ll receive a $5 discount. Vendors can contact Tena McGee at 760-985-5040 or through email at mstmcgee27@aol.com.

The Holiday Fun Fair is being put together by the Needles Community Partners, the city of Needles, Needles Women’s Club and Desert Communities Federal Credit Union. The first organizational meeting was held on Sept. 21.

McGee stressed that volunteers are still needed to make the Holiday Fun Fair a successful event. “It’s not just from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. but it’s the whole day,” said McGee. “We need volunteers to come early in the morning to help set up and volunteers to stay late after the event is done to help pick up trash and leave the place better than when we got it.”

Sponsors are still welcome for the Holiday Fun Fair.

“The event is being sponsored by the city, for the most part, and what they asked me to do was to make it bigger,” said McGee. “That costs money and that takes sponsors and I’m trying not to go over the limited budget that we have.”

During the meeting McGee stated there will only be one food vendor during the event and one other vendor who will be selling hot chocolate and coffee.

The entertainment that signed up so far includes Dance Trax 51, The Needles Recreation Department’s Pine Wood Derby, and a concert by children Christmas carolers that is being put together by Adela Covarrubias, San Bernardino Library Needles Branch youth services director. There is still more time allotted for performances during the Holiday Fun Fair and those who would like to have a segment should contact McGee.

There will be games: so far one by the sophomore class and another by the eighth graders. McGee stated there is still room for more.

“If there is a vendor that would like to do a game it’s a no charge for them and if they make some money by entertaining the children that’s fine with me,” said McGee.

A couple of things are going to be happening inside the credit union building during the Holiday Fun Fair. There will be an opportunity for pictures with Santa Clause between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. That gives time for volunteers who are helping out to be able to print the photos for the families. The Women’s Club will well baked good and candy. There’s going to be a children’s boutique where youngsters can buy something for mom, dad or themselves. The SBC Library Needles Branch is going to be helping with arts and crafts all day. Registration for the annual toy drive will be held inside as well.

Back outside, the community Christmas tree lighting ceremony is scheduled for 4 p.m. The Holiday Fun Fair parade follows after.

“I’m going to be working with Mary Gonzales as much as I can to try and bring in people for the parade,” said McGee. “We used to have the other schools outside of Needles in the parade as well as outside businesses and I think it’s good for the community if we do that again.”

Those interested in having a float in the parade will be glad to know that there’s no charge to be in the parade and there is no limit on how many floats can enter. Persons interested in having a float in the parade should contact Mary Gonzales at 760-326-7151.

An idea that circulated during the meeting was to have a pet parade during the Holiday Fun Fair with the proceeds of registration going to the Needles Dog Park. More information is to come regarding the pet parade.

The next meeting for the Holiday Fun Fair is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 19, at 1 p.m. in the Wagon Wheel Restaurant along Needles Highway.

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