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Santa soiree brightens season in Akeley – Park Rapids Enterprise


The Red River Event Center runneth over Dec. 4 for a festive Christmas celebration.

Olivia Nelson plays a plinko game during the Christmas party Dec. 4, 2021 at the Red River Event Center in Akeley.
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Olivia Nelson plays a plinko game during the Christmas party Dec. 4, 2021 at the Red River Event Center in Akeley.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

“I believe we had 102 kids here at the last count that I heard,” said Charlotte Negen, moments before Santa Claus arrived. “I’m not sure how many adults.”

It was enough to fill the bar side of the building outside Akeley with bodies and voices, and the parking lot with vehicles.

Tayden East participates in the coloring contest at the Christmas party Dec. 4, 2021 in Akeley.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Tayden East participates in the coloring contest at the Christmas party Dec. 4, 2021 in Akeley.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Children were served hot dogs, chips, Christmas cookies and hot chocolate. They played plinko games, grabbed toys from a punch board, did crafts and participated in a coloring contest.

At the high point of the party, kids lined up to sit on Santa’s knee, receive a wrapped gift and pick up a free book courtesy of the Akeley Lions Club.

Robert Plautz, age 4, visits with old St. Nick, a.k.a. Trig Karl, during the Christmas party Dec. 4, 2021 in Akeley. 
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Robert Plautz, age 4, visits with old St. Nick, a.k.a. Trig Karl, during the Christmas party Dec. 4, 2021 in Akeley.
Robin Fish / Park Rapids Enterprise

Co-hosting the event were Akeley Veterans and Community Outreach and the Eastern Hubbard County Fire Department Auxiliary.



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