The face of volunteerism has changed a lot over the last several generations. Community outreach is more inclusive and service oriented-it’s a way to be creative and have fun while doing so. Women, younger and younger, are finding new ways to encourage their community members to help one another.
The Junior League of Texarkana, Inc. is a non-profit organization of women who are committed to promoting a charitable culture. Junior League focuses on developing the potential of women and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers.
One of the most popular events the ladies host is Mistletoe Fair at the Four States Fairgrounds. The four day holiday extravaganza, A Farmhouse Christmas, will be held from November 16-19, 2017. They are especially excited to announce Strut the Mutt, held on Sunday, November 19th, a fashion show for pets who are in need of a forever home.
This year’s MTF is lead by Mandy Cater and Whitney Hall, a powerful combo that has worked together hand-in-hand to ensure the success of the tradition, as well as the new additions.
“Being a member of the Junior League of Texarkana has helped me grow in my personal life, said Cater. “But getting to participate in the Mistletoe Fair and help fund all our amazing projects is the most rewarding.”
Hall added, “with the incredible assistance of Mistletoe Fair funding, we have the ability to positively impact the youth of our community through year round action service projects.”
The long-running event changes little by little each year, finding more ways to attract members of the community.
The Junior League of Texarkana kicks off the 32nd annual Mistletoe Fair with the Preview Party, The Country Cocktail, on Thursday, November 16, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. Tickets are $50/per person and will feature a casino and large silent auction, with food catered by Scottie’s Grill and musical entertainment provided by I’ve Heard Worse. An exciting Benefit Drawing will take place that evening, where a lucky winner will have a chance to win one of three vacation packages! Only 300 Benefit Drawing tickets will be sold, and tickets are $50 each.
A Farmhouse Lunch will be held Friday, November 17, from 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM with a special hour of private shopping including vendor discounts. The meal will be catered by Jeff Loving with Chef on the Run and entertainment provided by the 4-State Fusion Chorus. Tickets are $40.
Family Night will be later Friday, November 17, with Santa’s big arrival at 6:30 PM.
Strut the Mutt will be held Sunday afternoon, November 19, from 2:30 to 3:30 PM prior to the close of the MTF.
Tickets are $7 at the door, while weekend passes are $12. Children 5 and under receive free admission to the fair.
General Admission Hours:
Friday, November 17th Noon-8:00 PM
Saturday, November 18th 9:00 AM-7:00 PM
Sunday, November 19th Noon-5:00 PM