Santa Claus comes early to Flandreau with shopping event


Santa’s Holiday Mall on Saturday will feature all kinds of elves from the area.

The event, in its ninth year, will include 33 vendors selling wooden furniture, leather products, crafts, jewelry, jams and jellies, baked goods, T-shirts, books, clothing, beauty products and more, said Kelly Wosje, event coordinator. About 75 percent of the booths are local people from Moody County who have talents and businesses that others might not know about, she said.

She encourages people to check out what is for sale right in the community and shop local.

“We have people that look forward to it every year,” Wosje said. “I do it because it’s just something cool to bring to the community.”

The event, with a suggested donation to the Bread Basket food pantry as an admission, is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the William J. Janklow Community Center. Money raised from booth rentals will go to Liberty’s Troops, which helps families with children with terminal illnesses.

Wosje said she plans to feature a different nonprofit each year and a different food vendor. This year, food will be available for sale by Big Bear’s BBQ food truck, owned by Larry and Lori Peters of Flandreau.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be on hand with opportunities for families to take photos. Door prizes donated by vendors also will be given away.


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