The 2023 Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation’s Christmas Fantasy drew many Grinch fans to the events and viewing of the large numbers of Christmas trees and silent auction items on display. The event was held last weekend, November 10-13 at the Allamakee County Fairgrounds Pavilion, and was a huge success thanks to all of the overwhelming community involvement.
A near record number of auction items were donated to this year’s Fantasy by area businesses and individuals. The 115 auction items were displayed and auctioned on a silent auction bid to the highest bidder on Monday night at 7 p.m.
Trees on display during this 32nd annual Foundation Fantasy highlighted nearly 50 full size Christmas Trees decorated by individuals, businesses and many groups around the area. Many, many individuals worked, served, and donated to this community celebration.
The event was planned and sponsored by the Veterans Memorial Health Care Foundation including Rose Beardmore, Sue Blagsvedt, Vicki Bloxham, Patty Goltz, Kevin Hanson, Dan Headington, Judy Herman, Jane Kallevang, Ardie Kuhse, Craig Lensing, Jay Mathis, Becky Mitchell, Nancy Schoh, Sue Stamper, Kim Sylvester, Matt Teslow and Kay Zimmerman, assisted by Karen and Bob Swenson and Julie Thompson.
Many local entertainers also performed at each event during the course of the weekend. Pictured is the Waukon High School Band directed by JoAnn Sherman, performing at the Monday luncheon.
A near record of 115 silent auction items, like the ones pictured here, were donated to this year’s Christmas Fantasy. The Foundation expresses their appreciation to the hundreds of people who decorated or contributed in some way to make this community event so successful.
Many appearances were made by the “Grinch” and youth enjoyed the special visits with Santa and storytelling with Sue Kiesau (pictured below.)