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A good, old-fashioned holiday celebration

Published: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 1:31 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, Nov. 8, 2013 3:29 p.m. CDT

SHEFFIELD — Holiday spirit, great deals, plenty of treats and more are on the agenda for the third annual Celebrate Sheffield holiday event, set for Nov. 16.

The chance to win Sheffield Bucks is one of many activities planned for the event. There will be more than 20 village-wide open houses. A total of $500 of Sheffield Bucks will be offered to lucky winners, who in turn will be able to be used toward the purchase of products and services at Sheffield businesses.

The main events begin at 10 a.m. and last until 4 p.m. The village will have holiday music playing, and the streets will be lined with Christmas decorations.

Participants will also be able to take the ever-popular horse-drawn wagon rides to destinations throughout the village. Businesses will have holiday sales and sponsor a gift-basket walk.

The Sheffield Public Library will also be getting into the holiday spirit and host a book sale, a children’s reading time and a book signing event by Sheffield author/Bureau County Republican Editor Terri Simon, who will be signing her recently-released book “Grandma’s Cookie Jar.”

Other events include:

• The Sheffield Pride Arts Center will show free movie matinees complete with freshly-popped popcorn.

• The historic Danish church will be open for tours.

• Many of the village’s other churches will be offering activities too.

• The Sheffield Historical Society will be open and ready to greet event-goers.

• Radio station WUNT will be recording individual spots with participants who will be broadcast throughout the holiday season.

• Local restaurants and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church will be serving meals. Most of the other locations open for the event will provide food, hot cocoa and treats.

Celebrate Sheffield is the joint effort of 21 different businesses and organizations. That number is up from last year’s number of 15.

The community can help to make it a success by inviting family and friends to enjoy the festive atmosphere, said Celebrate Sheffield coordinator Mary Ann Cernovich.

Cernovich thanked Sara Osborn for helping with promotional work and Dave Jensen and Michelle Mannon for providing the horse and wagon for the rides. She would also like to thank Sheffield Pride for sponsoring the Sheffield Bucks give-a-ways.

People can get involved in Celebrate Sheffield by offering ideas for next year’s event. They should contact Cernovich at her store on Main Street.

“We are always looking for ways to make the event bigger and better,” Cernovich said.

“The event is important to Sheffield because it brings the entire community together,” Cernovich said. “It’s not just about businesses and Main Street. It’s about our community as a whole.”

Additional details about the event can be found at local businesses or on the Celebrate Sheffield and the village of Sheffield Facebook pages.

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