WHERE?Cornerstone Center for Community Service, 251 East Norman Street.
WHY?It is the holiday season; our towns, homes, churches, and countrysides are aglow with bright and welcoming lights. It is the time of year when we count our blessings—and hopefully give to those less fortunate. It is busy days and nights, and lots of things to do on the lists—before Christmas.---so the Haigler Community Foundation decided to host a Winter Holiday Festival the Sunday after Christmas and before the New Year celebrations.
Everyone throughout our tri-state area is invited to make Haigler the center of your holiday activities on this date. For 2 hours, come and enjoy a small town atmosphere…filled with holiday delights and holiday memories for young and old! Our historic gymnasium will be decorated as a winter wonderland with lights, trees, and all that glitters. Take time to enjoy the festival decorations; listen to the songs and sounds of the season with a holiday musical show featuring The Calhouns of North Platte, NE (Cherokee Point Productions); and taste something of everything on the holiday goodies table. You can even visit and have your picture taken with Santa, who has promised to stop by on his return trip to the North Pole. And, you can register to win an electric fireplace and mantel that will be given away that afternoon.
The Winter Holiday Festival in Haigler is free admission. We want you to come, enjoy, and have a wonderful holiday experience. Attendees are invited to bring a food item for giving to the Dundy County Food Pantry. And, as for most of our community events at the Cornerstone Center, donations are always appreciated-- so the doors of the Center can remain open for our communities. We look forward to seeing you at the Winter Holiday Festival in Haigler on Sunday afternoon, December 28, 2014. Please come!
The Winter Holiday Festival on December 28 promises to indeed be a
wonderful new tradition for our little village of Haigler. Do hope you all will
plan to attend--and if you have any holiday decorations, trees, led lights,
decor you no longer use; wouldn't you like to donate them to the Cornerstone
Center? The historical gymnasium will become a winter wonderland for this
The first Haigler Gun Show and Craft Show held last
weekend, November 22 and 23, was a big success! Far exceeding the expectations
of the organizers of the event, the Cornerstone Center was filled with
attendees. How many people? Numbers were estimated to be over 600 for both
days. When the doors opened at 9 a.m., the lines were already forming. They
came from throughout the tri-state area of Kansas,
Colorado, and Nebraska to view the 38 display tables in the gymnasium, stage
area, and adjoining room for the Gun Show; and 34 display tables in the suites
and hallways for the Craft Show. Weather cooperated with a lovely 70 degree day
on Saturday; and though much cooler and windy on Sunday, the crowds still came.
both days, a homemade canon was shot outside. Jim and Jerrie Wheaton of Haigler
did the honors of lighting the fuse. The canon was built by Jerrie's father,
Kenneth Johnston. Inside, many door prizes were given away; and the big drawing
of the day was for a Mossberg 20 gauge automatic shotgun. It was won by Linda
Seabolt of Benkelman. The Cornerstone Center kitchen was certainly a busy
place both days with homemade rolls and coffee for breakfast and chili, pies,
and desserts for lunch and afternoon being served. At lest 35 pies were baked
by local community volunteers. A big thank you to all the volunteers who worked
hard to make this event happen. So many requests were made to make the Shows an
annual event, it looks like the second annual Haigler Gun Show and Craft Show
is already on the calendar for next year--again being planned for the weekend
before Thanksgiving- November 21 and 22, 2015. The Cornerstone Center and the
Haigler Community Foundation will continue to host this annual event and invite
you to mark your calendars now to make Haigler the center of your activities
Make Haigler, NE the center of your activities this weekend! The big sign in Haigler along Highway 34 points the way to the Haigler Gun and Craft Show, November 22-23 at The Cornerstone Center for Community Service, 251 East Norman Street. The facility is handicapped accessible; and there is free parking. Welcome banners are out on both entrances of town. Hours are from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. MSTSaturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. MSTSunday. There is a $5 fee for the Gun Show (held in the gymnasium) but no fee for the Craft Show (held in the suites). Children under 12 are admitted free if accompanied by an adult. Persons 17 years old and under must be accompanied by an adult. The Sunshine Thrift, the Cornerstone Mini-Mall, and the library will also be open. The Sunshine Thrift will be having a $4 bag sale on everything but new merchandise. All attendees should use the front door entrance (north side) of the Cornerstone Center. All other doors will be locked.
Food and drink are available on site--with breakfast rolls and coffee and lunch of chili, chili dogs, crackers, chips, and homemade pies, cakes, and desserts. Free will donations are to the Haigler, Dundy County Community Foundation. Steve Olson, one of the organizers of the event, says "We have almost 40 vendors attending from our tri-state area of Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas--and also a couple vendors from Wyoming. The planning committee has worked hard to bring a wide variety of merchandise to all attending--now, we just need people to come see everything on display."
Door prizes will be given throughout the day for both the Gun and the Craft Show. Tim Fegler, owner of Paradise Company Ammo Shack in Benkelman, NE has donated a Mossberg 20 gauge , 24" barrel, 5 choker automatic shotgun to be given away to some lucky winner. Tim said, "This Haigler Show promises to be a good one!"
As stated in all the fliers that are posted and circulating; all federal, state, and local laws will be enforced. No illegal or loaded weapons. Guns coming in will be checked. All firearms must be strapped. No handguns to be worn. No alcoholic beverages or smoking permitted. Guards will be on duty at all times. The Cornerstone Center is not responsible for accidents or theft.
This weekend event in Haigler is a first! Speaking on behalf of the Cornerstone Center, LaNeta Carlock said,"The response to the idea of a Haigler Gun & Craft Show has been very good, and our community of volunteers have invested a lot of time and expense to make it happen. We are hopeful the Haigler Gun & Craft Show will become an annual November event. Everyone is invited to make Haigler the center of your activities this weekend."
The Cornerstone Center is open everySSaturday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The Haigler Depot Branch of the Dundy County Library has many new DVD's , E books, and books for all ages available for checkout. The library is also a WIFI hot spot with computers and laptops available for community use. There are also lots of wonderful hard and soft cover books you can purchase for only 50 cents. Sunshine Thrift has all new fall merchandise out, and the Mini Mall has party supplies, collectibles, furniture, and many other items available. Open recreation punch cards can be purchased for all gymnasium activities--volleyball, basketball, table tennis, and exercise equipment. More events are coming to Haigler as the holiday season begins. Hoping everyone will mark your calendars and watch for further details in upcoming fliers, ads, and radio announcements.
Saturday, November 15 - Annual Fall Smoker at Haigler American Legion
Saturday and Sunday, November 22 and 23-Haigler Gun & Craft Show at Cornerstone Center
Saturday, December 6- United Methodist Women Church Bazaar and Supper at Haigler Methodist Church
Sunday, December 28- Winter Wonderland and Holiday Concert at Cornerstone Center