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Christmas in Crockett
Houston County Courier - November 2008
By Suzanne Steed
Downtown Crockett will be buzzing with vendors, who hope to sell their wares and visitors who are looking for that special bargain.
When Christmas in Crockett was born in 1982, there were 25 booths that first year. This year 205 booths have been rented to those who come from as far as Michigan, California, Oklahoma, Louisiana, as well as all over Texas.
Tim Culp, the coordinator since 1996, predicts that this will be one of the best years yet.
"Crockett is a great place to visit, with history on every corner, has great dining, lodging, and specialty shops as well as the many vendors who will be in town to display the unique in gifts," Culp stated.
"This is a great day for local vendors and residents as well and for families to enjoy the day out together," Culp went on to say.
This has become a Crockett tradition that appeals to everyone. Don’t forget the children’s games, pony rides, rock climbing, and the White Tiger Show with cubs to pet. The many food booths will satisfy any hunger.
A preview of booths that will be on the scene includes Jewelry, Texas wood & metal art, furniture, baby furniture, fleece blankets, bird houses, hair accessories, lamps, candles, baked goods, jams, jellies, Crockett Bulldog collectibles, pottery, cook books, flowers, home décor, leather goods, T-shirts, framed art work, monogramming, wreaths, tattoos, dolls, signs, photos with Santa and the Crockett Bulldog mascot, knitted items, salt dough ornaments, quilts, and gourds, Christmas décor, and many more unique, well-made items for gifts and for those who want something out of the ordinary.
Shop a while then pause to enjoy the entertainment of the Angelina AC Singers and the Trinity Valley Jazz Band.
Also, Ulises Pendula and the Art of Illary will entertain with cedar and bamboo pan flute and other artisan instruments.
Local dance studios will entertain the crowd with well rehearsed moves, keeping the audience mesmerized.
The Antique Car Show has a momentum all its own, getting bigger and better with each year. Chuck Siems, Bruce Ashley and Al Ward are the movers and shakers of this show.
Many prizes will be given away. 100 door prizes will be given, there is a 50/50 jar, free food for a donation will be available. Some 60 trophies will be given away to the top 25 cars, and top 15 trucks, as well as specialty prizes such as foreign made autos.
A club trophy will be given to the club that has the most members of their club to attend the Antique Car Show. This is an event to remember.
Another highlight of this year's Christmas in Crockett will be the debut of the Zoo Dynamics Baby White Tiger Nursery.
According to Animal Care Supervisor Marcus Cook, the exhibit on Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 20-22 will include three baby White Tigers who were born the last week of October.
Cook said the three cubs weigh about 6 lb each and will be on exhibit with their 420 lb mother Gita and 550 lb father Splash.
The exhibit will be located in the 800 block of East Goliad Avenue between the First United Methodist Church and the First Baptist Church and open on Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday 5 -11 p.m. and on Saturday 8 a.m.-11 p.m.
According to Cook, the White Tiger has been extinct from the wild since 1958 and the first came to the United States in 1961. He added that it is believed that just over 400 are now in captivity in the world.
For additional information call the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce at 544-2359.
In addition The Third Annual Michelle Lynn Holsey Angel Walk 5K will be held Saturday, Nov. 22 at 8 a.m. at Crockett City Hall.
The cost is $20 per person, adults and children under 12 and over 60 are $12.
Register by Friday Nov. 14 to insure the correct shirt size, however, participants can still register the morning of the event beginning at 7:30 am.
for additional information call Marla at 544 2089.