Santa’s Village breaks record for attendance

Santa’s Village breaks record for attendance
It was a record-breaking year for Santa’s Village.
The 27th annual event held last weekend at the Ned McWherter Agricul-tural Complex at the Uni-versity of Tennessee at Martin recorded the highest attendance numbers in the event’s history with 15,365 visitors.
The numbers surpassed the previous record of 13,515 set in 2001.
Food donations totaled $40,117 and toy donations added up to $9,584 — making the final donation total $49,701.
“Our community is truly fortunate to have sponsors, activity/display coordinators and volunteers who make this event come to life. We hope the guests of the village enjoyed their visit. Their donations will definitely help the less fortunate in our area,” said Kim Kirby, Martin Parks and Recreation Department program director.
Santa’s Village featured 26,000 square feet of lights, holiday displays and continuous entertainment. Ad-mission was the donation of $5 of food items or toys.
Service agencies that will receive food and toys collected from Santa’s Village this year include Chimes for Charity, We Care Ministries, Northwest Tennessee Disaster Services, Santa’s Helpers, Healthy Start Northwest Region and Northwest Tennessee Economic Development Council.
Co-sponsors for the event were the City of Martin and UT Martin. Additional sponsors included First State, MTD Products, Tyson Foods, Volunteer Community Hospital, McDonald’s and the Hampton Inn. Published in The Messenger 12.16.11

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