JOHN DAY - The fairgrounds pavilion was the place for kids to be on Dec. 9. There were 11 booths where kids could make gifts for family and friends. The fee was $1 or two cans of food. All the food collected will be donated to the food bank, and 100 percent of the proceeds will be used to buy gifts for needy kids in Grant County, such as the Prairie City stocking program and the Tree of Joy.

Besides the craft tables, kids could climb on Santa's lap and get their picture taken. There was even an adorable elf named Salona Mecham to assist.

After the picture was printed, the kids went to another booth where they made their own frames for their picture.

To keep the grown-ups busy, there was a silent auction table with items donated by local merchants.

The festival was put on by three different 4-H clubs and other programs. Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs John Day basin office, forest service employees and other volunteers helped to run the booths. Linda Brown was the coordinator.

- Tina Cook, the Eagle

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