Santa Shack fever hits Wakonda

Santa Shack fever hits Wakonda
We all know what the opening Sunday of hunting season means to the people of Wakonda: Santa Shack. It's a time when vendors come from all over the South Dakota and surrounding states to sell their items and make money. It took place this year in the Wakonda High School Gym from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 16.

Many people came from all over. There were around 33 vendors in the high school gym, four in the lobby, and three food vendors in the old gym. The organizers of this year's Santa Shack were Judy Swensen and Dianne Axlund.

FCCLA took care of the meals this year making their famous homemade soups: chicken noodle and broccoli with cheese. Nachos, taverns, and hot dogs with chips were served with pop of the customer's choice.

"We always do it for a fund raiser," says FCCLA advisor Joni Lowe. "Although I never got out of the kitchen."

The United Methodist Men were once again served dessert bars for a free will donation. The Legion Auxiliary women also sold pie, cake, and ice cream again this year.

The vending items ranged from jewelry to jams, and the Riverside Harmony table sang two songs for the customers' enjoyment. The Wakonda High School junior class helped set up Santa Shack on Saturday and took down tables with Bruce Bentas Sunday afternoon. They even assisted some of the venders in helping carry their items to the cars.

One question we get a lot is "Why is it called ?Santa Shack?" Well the way we interpret it is because of how many people buy their Christmas goodies there. Anyone could buy a beaded bracelet for their daughter, a diamond necklace for their wife, and even brownies for their mother. People could go to one place and buy all of the things they needed within a couple of hours instead of spending it at a mall.

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