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      Novinger gets in the season of Christmas

      The Christmas in Novinger event was held Saturday with the 28th annual Country Craft Festival, Shopper's Delight, and Holiday Bazaar.

      The city of Novinger got to celebrate and give a head start in the Christmas shopping season on this Saturday.

      We first take you to the Adair County R-I School where transformed into a mini mall.

      The Novinger Renewal non-profit organization held its 28th annual Country Christmas Craft Festival.

      This year was the biggest turnout with over 70 booths filling up both gyms and the hallways as vendors from around the area showed off their arts and crafts.

      Organizers say the success of the event wouldn't be made possible without the support of the community.

      "We really appreciate it. It takes a lot of people to man the different areas, to make the baked items for the sale, the Christmas candy, the pies in the kitchen. It just takes a large group of people to put it together," said Craft Festival Chair Glenna Davis.

      There was also a food stand and a bake sale at the festival where people could buy lunch and dessert.

      Admission to the event was by donation.

      Novinger Renewal also had a Holiday Bazaar at the Novinger Community Center.

      All of the money raised from these two events will go towards Novinger community projects.

      Meanwhile just on the other side of town at the Novinger Fire House, the Novinger Lions Club held its 15th annual Shopper's Delight event.

      This event featured booths with all types of items from jewelery, purses food, decorations, candy, and clothing.

      Organizers say it's great seeing people begin their holiday shopping early.

      "It's nice to see everyone come out in this cold weather. Maybe the sales around here is going to stay up for the holiday season," said Shopper's Delight Coordinator Lena Reardon.

      While shopping, people also had the chance to buy and eat different breakfast and lunch specials.

      The money raised from at Shopper's Delight will go right back to the Lions Club and the Adair County Volunteer Fire Department in Novinger.