Christmas hits Red River Valley Fairgrounds

ChristmasInFairPark_22Chilly temperatures helped lend a holiday atmosphere to this year’s Christmas in Fair Park as shoppers visited Red River Valley Fairgrounds a week later than usual.

The event was scheduled for Dec. 6-7, but last week’s winter storms delayed it until this weekend.

The Community Exhibit Center, Building “B”, West Side Building, and the Coliseum all featured booths and exhibits from local businesses and craftsmen with holiday gifts and decorations Friday evening and all day Saturday.

There were also food concessions and children’s entertainment, including a chance to visit and have pictures made with Santa Claus.

Be sure to regularly check out eParis Extra and the Holiday in Paris website for more information at to stay up to date on local Christmas happenings.

Downtown shoppers go a-wassailing

Wassail_04The second Wassail Fest was held downtown Saturday. The spiced cider helped warm up shoppers who braved the chilly weather to partake at various local merchants.

The best wassail was determined by votes. Participants were invited to sample and rate cider on a scorecard at 21 different shops:

  • Paris Bakery
  • Le Salon à Paris
  • OMG Botique
  • Smoking Hot Make-up
  • Green Boutique
  • Creative Candy Design
  • Margie’s Closet
  • Two Rivers Antiques
  • Lillian Kelley’s
  • Itsy Bitsy Spider
  • Paris Optical
  • The Plaza Gallery
  • Spanglers
  • 107
  • Collegiate Shoppe
  • Kay’s Alterations
  • Seasons of Paris
  • Bois d’Arc
  • Paris Baby
  • Gypsy Chic
  • Jaxx Burgers

Each business donated a door prize, from pizzas to sun glasses to gift certificates, which were awarded from a drawing of those who sampled and rated at least a dozen wassails. Most were served warm, as is traditional, but Paris Baby took a different approach with chilled wassail and a sign that read, “It’s always HOT in Texas, so we have a special treat for you. We melted a snowman and added a few special ingredients. Enjoy your COLD wassail!”

UPDATED: Boys and Girls Club auction tonight

Don’t forget: The Boys and Girls Club’s 64th Annual Youth Auction is 6 p.m. today at First Baptist Church Family Life Center, 207 South Church St.

boysclublogo The auction includes nearly 300 live and silent auction items. There will also be a raffle for a a doll built by Paris High School students.

To follow along and to bid, the auction is on Suddenlink Channel 16, KPLT 1490AM and 96.3FM. To make a bid over the phone, call 903-785-6431.

This year’s fundraiser honors Tommy Duncan and L.V. Morrow, who have been involved in the auction for more than 50 years. The Boys and Girls Club hopes to raise at least, worth $70,000. All the funds raised stay in Lamar County.

The live auction starts early in the evening, but the big-ticket items are on a strict schedule:

  • 7:45 – A football signed by the 1988 Paris High School state champions, donated by PISD coaching staff
  • 8:00 – Yeti Tundra Cooler donated by Pools and More, worth $499
  • 8:15 – Guided trip on Lake Fork donated by Rick McDougal, worth $400
  • 8:30 – A fire pit donated by North Texas Fab, worth $600
  • 8:45 – Crappie dinner for 20 donated by Mac’s Wholesale and Vending, worth $500
  • 9:00 – Set of four pick-up truck tires from Paris Chevrolet, worth up to $,1000
  • 9:15 – Four tickets to the Eagles at AA Center in a VIP box with parking donated by Danny Eaton with Live Nation Entertainment
  • 9:30 – One week stay in a condo on Padre Island facing the beach with indoor or outdoor pool, available March 1 through June 31; donated by Paul Addison and Louise Taylor
  • 9:45 – Four tickets to see Sting and Paul Simon at AA Center in a VIP Box with parking donated by Danny Eaton with Live Nation Entertainment
  • 9:50 – 12 tickets and a box with four parking passes for the Mavericks vs Kings on Jan. 31, donated by East Texas Mac Trucks
  • 10:00 – Gexa Energy Center VIP tickets for four and parking to any show at the event center, donated by Danny Eaton with Live Nation Entertainment
  • 10:15 – One day of deep-sea fishing and one day of bay fishing out of Padre Island, including snapper, redfish, billfish and dorado; the value for both trips is $2,000
  • 10:30 – A two-night stay and round of golf for two at Horse shoe Bay donated by Barney Bray, worth $500
  • 10:45 – A 5-foot by 8-foot utility trailer donated by Happy Trailers, worth $800
  • 11:00 – A certificate for $500 towards the purchase of a mattress from Mattress Factory Outlet
  • 11:15 – A 5-foot by 8-foot utility trailer donated by Happy Trailers, worth $800

Click here to see the general list of items in the auction.

Christians in Action Toy Drive

eParisExtra logoThe Christians in Action Toy Drive is currently underway.  New, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the following locations:

Eclips Salon, Dollins Bail Bonds, Green Boutique, Creative Candy Designs, Lone Star Bail Bonds, City Hall Annex, Lamar County Courthouse (Ground Floor) and the office of Judge Gene Hobbs.

Christmas Fun Friday at Texas Tumbling

santaTexas Tumbling and Trampoline is hosting a “Christmas Fun Friday” this evening from 6pm – 10pm. Parents can get a night out while their children are entertained with “reindeer games,” prizes, sweet treats, trampoline time and a visit from Santa.

For more information or to register your child (reservations are required) call 903-739-9140. The fee is $25.