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Audubon hosting Holiday Expo on new date

Audubon Elementary will be hosting its sixth-annual Holiday Expo on Nov. 14 that serves as a fundraiser for community education in the Lake-Park Audubon School District.

An annual tradition in Audubon for the past six years will be changed slightly.

Lake Park-Audubon Community Education presents Holiday Expo 2009 -- scheduled for Sat., Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Audubon Elementary. It has moved from its traditional place in the first week of December.

Deb Brakefield, community education director for the Lake Park-Audubon School District, said the change was made to help get more people coming and avoid other holiday events that could hurt business at the Expo.

"There really doesn't seem to be as much going on (that day)," Brakefield said of the reasoning behind changing the date.

With deer hunting season concluding that weekend, Brakefield said it would great chance for women who want to come.

"A lot of us ladies have a lot of shopping to do and it's guilt-free," Brakefield said. "While they are out hunting, we don't feel bad spending money."

Helping to support community education in the LP-A district, Brakefield said that the funds raised would be sorely needed.

"That money goes to help the community ed programs we have throughout the year," she said. "Nowadays with funding cuts, it's essential that we have fundraisers like this."

And the Expo doesn't just help community ed in the LP-A district, Brakefield said.

The fundraising portion for community ed comes from a $10 per table vendor fee. Vendors are free to keep the money that they earn through the sale of their goods.

Brakefield said community and school organizations, as well as local churches, use the Expo for their own fundraising needs.

About 50 vendors are on board this year, with more tables available.

"We still have a few tables left if they want them," Brakefield said.

She said the goal is to fill the two gyms at the school with vendor tables.

"Most of the vendors are ma-and-pa situations," Brakfield said.

She added that it's a win-win situation for community education and vendors.

"They need the funds to generate extra income," Blakefield said. "We need the funds to keep programs going."

The theme is Irish this year and to go along with that, the North Star Cloggers from Cormorant perform at 11 a.m.

There will be plenty of baked goods available for sale.

"A lot of the different area organizations come out with baked goods, cookbooks and stuff like that," Brakefield said.

The popularity of the event extends beyond the Audubon and Lake Park area, she said.

Brakefield said that vendors and attendees come from Pelican Rapids to the south, Mahnomen on the north, Moorhead on the west and Perham to the east.

Audubon Elementary is located at 601 Fourth Street. Vendor tables can be reserved by calling 439-3303.