Holiday Fun Fair kicks off Christmas season on Saturday

November 30, 2018

NEEDLES — With game booths, raffles, Christmas shopping for all ages, visits with Santa, a bake sale, and near-continuous entertainment Needles’ Holiday Fun Fair offers Christmas-season joy for all ages from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1.

All the activities are centered in and around Desert Communities Federal Credit Union at Broadway and G Street; and on Broadway itself between G and H streets. Lighting ceremonies for the Community Memorial Christmas Tree begin around 4 p.m. at the tree adjacent the Needles Route 66 sign across the street. The traditional lighted Christmas parade follows at 5 p.m., starting at D Street and proceeding down Broadway to H Street.

Tena McGee, organizer for the event sponsored by the city of Needles under the auspices of the Women’s Club of Needles, reported last week that more than 30 vendors have signed up. Food will be dispensed from a single booth this year, featuring pizza, burritos, hotdogs, chili dogs and nachos. Game booths, mostly by Needles’ middle and high schools, include a cake walk, dunk tank, bean bag toss and Plinko. “There’ll be lots of fundraisers and raffle tickets” McGee added.

Christmas shopping opportunities abound for all ages, beginning with a low-cost booth inside of DCFCU manned by Women’s Club volunteers that will offer an assortment of gifts for purchase by children for their families and friends. Adults will be fenced out to allow the young ’uns to buy gifts that will surprise come Christmas morning, and the women will assist with wrapping.

Also inside is the Women’s Club big bake sale, McGee said.

Outside, everyone will have a chance to stock up on homemade bath and beauty products, purses, aprons, charms and magnets, candles and home decor, woodcraft toys, metal creatures, LuLaRoe clothing, Scentsy products, Origami Owl jewelry, balloon toys, toys on a stick and shark tooth jewelry. Needles Regional Museum will bring calendars and offer memberships; Anne Duke will have an assortment of her unique hand-painted cards and other items; BPO Elks Lodge 1608 will offer T-shirts.

Proceeds from booth rentals, McGee said, go to the annual Community Toy Drive. Sign youngsters up inside DCFCU: bring the children who will receive gifts, identification and proof of residency.

Entertainment continues from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring a variety of music by the ODB Band and Macy’s Trio. Needles Recreation Center’s ever popular Dance Trax 51 troupe will perform for the crowd. Rec center events also include the Route 66 Peewee Derby: pre-race inspection begins at 12:30, racing at 1 p.m. See today’s Sports section, Page 8, for entry details.

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