What do ironwork, lefse, and Starburst the clown all have in common? They will be at the annual Holiday Festival at the W. H. Over Museum from 1-4:30 p.m. Dec. 6. This will be the 43rd annual holiday festival sponsored by the Friends of the W. H. Over Museum.
The traditional bake sale will be taking place and there will be a bountiful hospitality table in Sletwold Hall. The Meckling Livestock 4-H Club will be offering children's activities and the Over Kids Club will also be trimming a tree for the festivities. Mr. and Mrs. Santa, along with their special elf, along with Starburst the Clown and Friends will be mingling with festival guests throughout the afternoon.
There are many kinds of crafts featured at the festival as well as a special display of vintage toys by Willard Zeeb of Freeman. Woodworkers, needleworkers, and a multitude of other kinds of crafts will be on display and available for purchase. Trees decorated by several area individuals and clubs will be on display.
Gloria Christopherson from the Nook 'n Cranny has provided a prize to be drawn for Friends who renew or join the Friends organization during the festival. Many door prizes have been provided by vendors and Friends of the Museum.
Our Exhibits Committee is working hard to have two new exhibits ready for display. These are the doll house which was lovingly created by Kay Heikes and gifted to the museum this past summer and the Burr Broom Factory. The Friends are extremely pleased and proud to present these two important parts of Vermillion's very own history. The Festival will also provide the last opportunity to a Vermillion Sesquicentennial throw — we have a few left and they will be on display, during the festival.
The board of directors cordially invites everyone to come to the museum to complete a gala weekend of welcoming the holiday season and to help bring the Sesquicentennial year to a festive conclusion replete with wonderful memories of 2009.