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Stave off holiday stress with the 4-H Holiday Celebration

November 10, 2010

Does your blood pressure go up as soon as the stores begin piping Christmas melodies over the sound system?
Are you dreading the tradition of baking trays of cookies and preparing another family meal?
Does the thought of decorating give you hives?
Or are you looking forward to the baking, but have found your family and friends are all dieting or diabetic and don’t appreciate your sweet efforts?
The solution to all these pressing issues can be found at the 4-H Holiday Celebration, set to begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 20 at the 4-H Center.
Formerly the 4-H Purple Ribbon Holiday Wreath and Tree Auction and Cookie Bar, organizers have changed the name to Holiday Celebration and added a pork chop dinner to the event.
The event begins at 4 p.m. with the cookie bar where you can buy homemade cookies by the pound, in all the varieties popular to our community, by the best bakers in the county.
“We have 1,800 (cookies promised) so far, and need at least another 30 dozen,” said Cathy Heritier, one of the organizers of this popular event.
Heritier suggests cookie enthusiasts come early, as they go fast.
Then stick around for the pork chop dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. where you and your family can feast on inch-thick pork chops and all the fixings for $8 a plate. Additional chops may be purchased for those big appetites.
Tickets for the dinner will be available at the door, but may be pre-purchased at the Extension Office, Bravo Baskets or J & J Insurance, or from any 4-H Inc. board member. Or call Cathy Heritier at 609-9427 or Tara Van Houten at 609-0773 to reserve your place at the table.
As your meal digests, the wreath and tree auction will entertain beginning at 7 p.m. This is a live auction, but bids can be left with the auctioneers for a chance to take your pre-decorated items home.
Those wanting to bake can bring their cookies to the 4-H Center Friday evening after 7 p.m. or make arrangements for delivery by calling Heritier at 609-9427 or Van Houten at 609-0773.
It’s almost too good to be true, one stop gets you your holiday supply of fresh-baked cookies, decorates your house and feeds your family.
Truly a holiday event to celebrate.
All proceeds from the Holiday Celebration event will benefit the 4-H programs in Whitley County.

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