Christkindl Brings Cole Camp Together

Judy Kramer
Enterprise Staff
With umbrellas in hand, holiday gift shoppers made their way to the 30th Annual Christbaumfest Craft Show in Cole Camp on November 18. Over 50 vendors in the Jaycee Hall and Lutheran School Gym greeted customers with pleasurable scents, tasty foods, many handmade crafts as well as appealing products from various companies.
Sponsored by the Cole Camp Chamber of Commerce, the show was run by Marilyn Heimsoth, who has put it on for the last 10 years. She said most vendors had returned from previous years and at least one vendor brought something new to sell along with old standby products. 
“We added metal designs to our booth,” said Clinton Raetz, from Rioak Metal Design. “We have a selection of script font words, and Santa, snowmen and deer silhouettes in a wood base. So far the booth has been very popular!”
 The Christbaumfest Craft Show is one of the main fundraisers of the year in Cole Camp. Money raised from vendor fees and the lunchroom go into the Chamber treasury for various things it promotes.  Chamber Treasurer, Susan Kyle, said that last year the show profits were about $2,500.
Although there were too many booths to describe completely, some that caught the attention of a lot of customers were the The Nut Wagon, and Sweet An’tiques where homemade toffee and fudge were sold. There were other booths selling homemade breads, other bakery items, and packaged food mixes. 
Eyecatchers intended to attract the man of the house from the Tucker Horseshoe Designs featured one of a kind items made from horseshoes. The Twisted R handmade wood products such as wine glass and bottle holders, as well as yard signs. Craft-T-Leather and  knife cases, billfolds and checkbook covers.
There were educational toys, soaps, Christmas décor, jewelry crocheted items, clothing, soft soy wax sprinkles, rugs, Kettle Korn and much more.
The 2017 collectible Christmas Ornament was offered for sale at the Information/Greeter’s table. It is the 17th in the series being offered by the Chamber. A lunch room was open through the show, serving pulled-pork sandwiches, homemade noodles/chicken, hot dogs, chili, chili cheese Frito pie, assorted pies, and beverages.
Santa Claus showed up at the corner of the gym from 2 to 3:30 PM and presented children with a treat from the Chamber. He posed with kids while parents took pictures.
The next Chamber sponsored event in Cole Camp will be the Christkindlmarket in the downtown area, on December 1, from 5 to 8 PM. There will be carolers and a live nativity.