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Holiday Celebration will warm hearts, chili will warm tummies

New Castle NewsKay Vasilakis

Kick off the holiday season with the 7th Annual Holiday Celebration, centrally located in beautiful downtown New Castle on December 3 from 5-7. Get the “It’s a Wonderful Life” feeling with your friends and neighbors and deepen your feeling for New Castle just as George Bailey did for Bedford Falls.At Burning Mountain Park, there will be a Tree Lighting at 5:00 p.m. Children can chat with Santa, parents will receive a free photo of their child with Santa, and the child will receive a goodie bag. There are also free hot dogs and hot drinks, courtesy of the First Baptist Church Youth Group. The Town of New Castle, Robert Gordon Construction and City Market are sponsoring this event.Ross Talbott and Talbott Enterprises are providing free hay wagon rides around town again this year.If you just love good homemade chili and competition, you’ll be in heaven when you stop by Ritter Plaza and check out the Chili Cook-Off. For a mere $3, you can sample all the chili you want. The New Hope Church will provide free cookies and hot drinks including cider, chocolate and coffee. Will anyone be serving Tums to go along with all the varieties of chili?Last year’s overall Chili Cook-Off Champion (and green chili winner) was Town Councilperson Karen Wood. Lakota Canyon Realty won the vegetarian category. Town Councilperson Bob Gordon won the red chili category, and will be making an intriguing Moose Chili this year for those who want an unusual bowl to test. Where else besides Canada can you find a delightful Moose Chili made by such an amusing character? Cook-Off winners receive prizes from various local New Castle businesses.The 8th Annual Christmas Bazaar sponsored by the New Castle Art Guild begins at 5:00 p.m. and runs until 9:00 p.m. at the New Castle Community Center on Friday night, December 3. Since you’re already planning on being downtown, why not stop by the Community Center and see what great hand crafted items you can find for that hard-to-please person on your Christmas list? The Bazaar will also be held from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, and Boy Scout Troop #221 will be serving refreshments and lunch. Who knows? You could win a door prize.The Holiday Celebration is being sponsored by the Town of New Castle and the New Castle Chamber of Commerce.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News”, appears every other Thursday. For news tips, inspirations, or observations, please call 984-2308.Kay Vasilakis’ column, “New Castle News”, appears every other Thursday. For news tips, inspirations, or observations, please call 984-2308.


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