ARCANUM — Though some autumn leaves still remain on the trees, and Thanksgiving has not yet come and gone, many people, and businesses, are already getting into the Christmas spirit.
One such business, Brumbaugh’s Fruit Farm, in Arcanum, Ohio, hosted a “Fall into Christmas” event Saturday, a first-time endeavor for the longtime fruit and baked goods seller.
Shane Bietry, manager of Brumbaugh’s, called it a “end of fall, beginning of the holidays type thing.”
“There’s no real thing that we’re trying to do, just trying to tie in fall days and give people a good time — have something good to eat, buy a few things for Christmas, get ready for the holidays,” he explained.
The Fall into Christmas event featured a broad variety of vendors, offering food, beverages, craft items, and collectibles. Youngsters were able to take advantage of the play areas at the farm. Members of the Arcanum High School woodwind ensemble and choir were on hand to provide live music.
As well, Brumbaugh’s hosted a live nativity scene and a visit from a certain red-suited gentleman from the North Pole.
The event was staged not only for food and fun, but also to aid a good cause. Brumbaugh’s offered $3 off its normal $8 admission for those who brought three canned goods for a local food drive sponsored by FHC Fellowship Church and Faith United Methodist Church of Arcanum.
Bietry says the public turnout and vendor participation was promising and he looks forward to possibly repeating the event next year.
“I don’t want to say for sure, but yeah, it’s a good bet,” he said.
Bietry thanked those who participated in making Brumbaugh’s Fall into Christmas a success.
“I want to thank everyone for showing up, thank the food vendors, the craft vendors, all the volunteers, all those who’ve made it a successful first year,” he said.
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