“Christmas Through the Eyes of a Child” at the 28th Annual Christmas Fantasy

28th Annual Christmas Fantasy ... The Veterans Memorial Hospital Health Care Foundation’s 28th Annual Christmas Fantasy hosted 56 decorated full-size Christmas trees at the event held November 15-18 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion in Waukon. These trees were all decorated by local individuals, businesses, organizations and classes and each had a local person or business sponsoring them as well. Many local entertainers also performed at each event during the course of the weekend. Submitted photo.

The 2019 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy was held November 15-18 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion, and was a huge success thanks to all of the overwhelming community involvement.

A record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals.  The 128 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder Monday night at 7 p.m.

Trees on display during this 28th Annual Foundation Fantasy highlighted 56 full-size Christmas Trees decorated by individuals, businesses and many groups from around the local area. Five items were also donated to the Foundation for use in a raffle. A free year membership to the Waukon Wellness Center was donated by the Wellness Center Board, a beef meat bundle was donated by Fareway, a framed print was donated by the Foundation Board, and two raffle prizes of a half hog each were donated by Welsh Family Organic Farms with the processing donated by Jet’s Meats and Iowa Rotocast Plastics.

The event was planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation including Rose Beardmore, Sue Blagsvedt, Amy Cote’, Jane Dietrich, Mitch Duncklee, Jackie Halverson, Kevin Hanson, Ardie Kuhse, Bev Larson-Needham, Craig Lensing, Jay Mathis, Nona Sawyer, Nancy Schoh, Breanna Sommer, Kevin Stinn, Kim Sylvester, Matt Teslow and Kay Zimmerman, assisted by Karen Swenson, Julie Thompson and Pat Pettingill.

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