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20th Annual Christmas Walk – Fredericktown

December 5, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Downtown Fredericktown

The Fredericktown community is preparing to host its 20th annual Christmas Walk and Charity Auction on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. Though there have been many adaptations to this event, what has not changed is the partnership with Food For The Hungry of Knox County to help raise funds to support Fredericktown Interchurch, the Fredericktown Salvation Army, and the Fredericktown Community Relief Fund. During this uncertain time, the number of people in need of assistance continues to rise. 

Virtual Charity Auction
The Charity Auction provides funds to help meet the needs of food and emergency services to people who never thought they would find themselves in a difficult situation. Families, friends, neighbors, churches, and organizations are encouraged to partner to create baskets, including service offerings and gift certificates to donate. Due to the current health situation, the auction this year will be virtual.  Pictures of the donations will be featured on our Facebook page and bidding for items will be made in the comment section. Donations may be dropped off at the Senior Citizen’s Building the day of the event or at the municipal office and TD landscape (300 Salem Ave. Ext.) in advance. The auction will start on Dec. 5th and end on Dec. 14th.

Virtual Santa Fun Run
Last year’s run was a huge success and this year’s fun run will be held virtually! Tom Caputo, the state cross country winner, has laid out a course around town that can be run anytime between Dec. 5–14. To register, check out Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction’s Facebook page. A runner can report times with the link provided upon registration on Eventbrite. A commemorative shirt is available for purchase at the time of registration.

A virtual Gingerbread House contest will be featured on Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction’s Facebook page. To vote on a Gingerbread house, like and comment beneath that picture. The house with the most likes will get a commemorative gingerbread trophy. There will be a limited number of gingerbread houses on display at Aunt Ruth’s Attic (167 N. Main St.) if you would like to vote by donating to the Christmas Walk in-person. 

This year’s commemorative ornament features the iconic image of the “Gingerbread Man.” This unique ornament was created by a local business Traditions Engraving, and will be on display at Aunt Ruth’s Attic. Ornaments are available for purchase at Aunt Ruth’s Attic or TD Landscape before the walk and the day of the event. The ornament and T-shirt are available for purchase on Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction’s Facebook page.

Ice sculptures will be featured around the downtown area. The community is welcome to take a picture with their favorite sculpture and check out the local businesses that have sponsored the sculptures and event. Fredericktown art students have decorated windows for several merchants and downtown businesses which will be open on Dec. 5.  Donation buckets for this event will also be available at local businesses.  Participants can end their day with a delightful drive to Sockman Lake Park to enjoy Christmas lights.

WNZR’s Big Blue Crew will also be broadcasting and passing out WNZR goodie bags with COVID-19 resource bookmarks. Stop by and say hello! The Baptist church will once again provide crafts for kids ages 3+.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, Dec. 5 and visit Fredericktown to support families in need.   Follow the Christmas Walk on their Facebook page:  Fredericktown Annual Christmas Walk and Auction or on Instagram @fredericktownchristmaswalk.

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