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Christmas in July planned
COLDSPRING -- The Coldspring Area Business and Merchants' Association is sponsoring the 14th annual Christmas in July Event around the courthouse square on July 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. "There will be many vendors and a free kidzone with water sports and games, not to mention all the great shops and businesses around the courthouse square. There will be music and food vendors also. It will be a family friendly event for all, and a great outing for the family," said Coldspring Area Business and Merchants' Association publicist Barbara Shelton. "Santa and his elf Bernard have been vacationing in the Coldspring area every summer for the past four years, his last break before the big push to get all the toys made for Christmas. It was discovered by the merchants that Santa was here, so they asked him to make an appearance at the Christmas in July event several years ago. In 2010 Santa and Bernard arrived on a Harley Trike, 2011 on a 1935 Farmall tractor. In 2012 Santa came riding in on horseback as Bernard followed with the small goat. We don't know how they will surprise us this year, but he will be there," Shelton said. "Santa and Bernard will stop by periodically during the event and walk around. Bernard will pass out "Letters to Santa" to all the children, young and old. Santa reads every letter written and you may get a postcard back from Santa. We have a mailbox in the Gazebo where Santa will get all the letters before he returns to the Northpole," Shelton said. The Coldspring Merchants are also sponsoring a Care Share drive for the month of July through the Christmas in July event. You can drop off donations of flour, sugar, nonrefrigerated milk, rice, beans, canned meat, seasonings, peanut butter, cleaning supplies and personal hygiene items at any of the merchants around the square. There will also be containers for donations the day of the show on July 20 around the square. "The Care Share Mission has lost some funding and needs our help," Shelton said. "The Coldspring Business and Merchants Association would like to thank the community for supporting us, and would like to give back to the community. So please come out for a day of fun and enjoyment and support your local merchants," Shelton said.