WINTER WONDERLAND STARTS THURSDAY
The third annual Winter Wonderland will begin Thursday, December 11, and operate for two full weekends at the Sandusky County Fairgrounds.
Scheduled to run December 11-14, and 18-21, organizers say the 2014 Winter Wonderland has continued to grow from it’s inception – twice the size of it’s first year.
According to the committee, this is one of a very few county-wide holiday events in the region. Committee members say there are participants from one end of the county to the other. Each year the displays and participation have grown with more businesses and community organizations becoming involved.
Junior Fair Coordinator and chair-person of the Winter Wonderland event, Danyelle Lantz, says they have been able to add additional displays and activities for families inside the gates of the fairgrounds.
“We’ve invited everyone in the county to get involved, and we’re thrilled with the response,” said Lantz.
Visitors will be able to enjoy the lighted displays from the warmth of their vehicles each Thursday and Sunday from 6:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M.
Fridays and Saturdays will allow the public to park and walk through the fairgrounds, viewing the attractions from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M.
In addition to the various lighted displays, visitors will be able to enjoy a Christmas craft show in the Flower Building each Friday and Saturday evening. Other activities included with the price of admission include Christmas Carolers, dance groups, hot chocolate and cookies, kids’ crafts and games, dance groups, visits with Santa, as well as other attractions. Horse rides will be offered in the Anderson Arena, with donations accepted and appreciated.
Visitors to the event will also be able to purchase a commemorative Winter Wonderland Christmas ornament for a donation of $3.00. Organizers started selling the pieces last year, and decided to offer them every year as a keepsake.
Sandwiches and beverages will be available for purchase at the food stand, inside the Flower Building, where Santa will be available to visit with children and families each Friday and Saturday evening from 6:00-9:00 P.M..
Lantz said since its inception three years ago, the committee knew it was a hit and wanted the county-wide event to become an annual affair.
“We were thrilled with the community support for our first Winter Wonderland,” said Lantz.
Lantz said one of the committee’s main goals was to keep the price of admission affordable, so that all families could enjoy their visit to the Winter Wonderland and the festivities at the fairgrounds.
“We had so many good comments last year. We just want to keep it growing,” said Lantz. She added the admission price of one dollar per person or a canned good to benefit the Sandusky County Food Pantry made it affordable for everyone. “That will stay the same again this year,” confirmed Lantz.
The 2013 Winter Wonderland generated nearly 4,000 visitors, nearly 2,000 pounds of food donations that benefitted the Sandusky County Food Pantry, and over $3,500 in donations – some of which allowed the committee to continue with awarding two college scholarships to county Junior Fair participants.