Christmas on the Prairie enjoyed by young and old

A group of friends smile with Santa during Christmas on the Prairie at the Teen Center on Front Street. In photo: Lauren Romstad of John Day takes a photo of the group, which includes, from left, Cashel Toy, 3; Quinn Cowie, 4; Avery Toy, 5; Ayla Romstad, 3; and Rosie Burtel, 3.

Prairie City was bustling with visitors, young and old, as residents rolled out their annual Christmas on the Prairie celebration.

Children filled the Teen Center, decorating gingerbread houses with the help of parents or friends. Kids also visited with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Ten-year-old Vincent Raschio of John Day chatted briefly with the jolly old elf.

What did he whisper in Santa’s ear?

“I said I don’t know what I want for Christmas,” he said.

Grant County’s Hope 4 Paws set up a Tree of Hope with gift tags for locals to support the nonprofit’s pet rescue programs for cats and dogs.

Norma Rynearson and her daughter-in-law Lisa Rynearson of Prairie City have had a booth at the Prairie City American Legion Auxiliary Christmas Bazaar for years.

Their table was stacked with Norma’s knitted items and Lisa’s crocheted and sewn items, which included colorful dishcloths, handtowels and baby bibs.

There were 21 vendors in all with items ranging from hand-painted signs and other home decor, homemade beeswax lip gloss, beaded hats and homemade goodies, including pies.

“It’s a lot of fun for people,” said Pam Howard, who is the secretary and treasurer for the auxiliary. “It gets them out and in the spirit of the holidays.”

Drawing winners

Auxiliary gift baskets: soup basket, Lisa Rynearson; pasta basket, Zinny Locke; beverage basket, Carry Scott; hunter basket, Fonda Thompson

Auxiliary grocery gift certificates: Connie Flowers, $100 to Huffman’s Select Market; Pam Woodworth, $100 to Chester’s Thriftway

Cord of wood: Jenni Workman

Garden Club knife and block set: Sandee Dean

Bar W-B $100 gift certificate: Windi Deiter

Ornament Hunt gift collection: Sharon Fritch

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