The City of Wheaton will hold its first Wheaton Christmas Craft and Food Fair in the Wheaton City Park and at the Wheaton Community Building from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is free.
The event will feature nearly 30 vendors, including food prepared by the Southwest Missouri Hmong Association, according to Marianne Witt, Wheaton city clerk and event organizer.
"Dale and Janice McCracken had a similar event at the event center the last two years," said Witt. "This year, I thought about it and decided maybe I could give it a try.
"My goal for the event is just to bring people to town," said Witt. "We scheduled the event to coincide with the Wheaton Christmas Parade."
The craft and food fair will also offer Mexican cuisine and a variety of vendors displaying everything from Miche bags and Scentsy candles to Tupperware and Mary Kay. Vendors will also offer homemade jewelry and chocolates, crafts and pottery.
"If we had 200 to 300 people attend the first craft and food fair, I would be really pleased," said Witt.
Although booth space in the Wheaton Community Center is fully booked, space will still be available under a large tent that will be located in the Wheaton City Park. Booth space will cost $10, and vendors will be required to provide their own tables.
For more information or to reserve outdoor booth space for the event, call the Wheaton City Hall at 417-652-3314.
Open house at depot
The Wheaton Historical Society and Wheaton Depot Museum will hold its fifth annual open house at the depot from 2 to 8 p.m. on Saturday. Free refreshments will be served during the event.
Santa will arrive early for the parade and make an appearance at the depot to visit and take photos with children. Santa's visit, which will begin at 3:30 p.m., is sponsored by Masonic Comfort Lodge #533 in Wheaton. Candy bags will be distributed to children during the visit.