One of the auction assistants shows off an item for a bid -- a signed NHL jersey -- during the annual Festival of Lights gala. The closing event of the festival

Festival of Lights events pack community centre all week long

The Stettler Community Hall was packed to the gills almost every night with festive members of the community who came out to support...

The Stettler Community Hall was packed to the gills almost every night with festive members of the community who came out to support the annual Festival of Lights, the largest fundraiser for the community’s hospital foundation.

Though numbers won’t be available for a while, many of the events were sold-out and were well-attended, with auction items from both live and silent auctions garnering many bids.

Shoppers hit up the on-site market, while families came out to see Santa at the agriplex. The Heartland Quilting guild donated a quilt again this year, a white and red heart-decorated masterpiece that will be raffled off to add to this year’s festival pot.

The event started in November with a gingerbread making contest, with the deadline on Nov. 12. The rest of the events happened from Tuesday, Nov. 25 to Saturday, Nov. 28.

Tuesday was all about food, starting with a gourmet breakfast and ending with a dessert night. Wednesday was all about the drinks, starting with tea in the afternoon and spirits in the evening. Thursday, Nov. 27 brought people together for wine, cheese, music and entertainment.

Friday was every child’s dream, as kids had a chance to take part in a bunch of Christmas activities, from visiting with Santa Claus or making crafts.

The final conclusion of this year’s festival was the packed Dine, Dance and Auction, with Battle River-Crowfoot MLA Kevin Sorenson taking a turn at auctioning off items for the benefit of the hospital.

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