51st annual A Dickens of a Christmas

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Shari and Roger Netz, of Manson, entertain during the 2022 Dickens of a Christmas Craft and Vendor Show at the Fort Museum Opera House.

The Fort Museum and Frontier Village will once again be holding its “A Dickens of a Christmas” event this holiday season. Focusing on the stories of Charles Dickens and the Victorian era, this event will be filled with different vendors and carolers bringing the spirit of the season to Fort Dodge.

It is from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 18 at the Opera House on the museum grounds.

The executive director of the Fort Museum and Frontier Village, Tim Morris, highlighted the various things people can expect at the event.

Morris said “We will have crafts from vendors across the county and strolling, Victorian era musicians. Santa will be here at noon, and stay for a couple hours for the kids.”

“There’ll be food and refreshments available at our kitchen and bar area,” he added. “They’ll also be strolling carolers as well apart from the musicians, all Victorian era.”

When asked about the work that goes into putting on an event such as this, Morris said “Well, we start working on events like this almost the day after we’re done with the previous year’s event. We get together as a group and see what was strong and what could stand improvement, and we try to make those changes throughout the year. The person that does our signups for our vendors, she begins working almost immediately going around to the different vendors. She starts signing them up for the next year as soon as possible. So that’s what we do. It’s pretty technical once we get it laid out. Luckily our Opera House really lends itself to an event such as this. We have a lot of room. Nice, bright lighting so everyone can see the crafters’ wares and a really good mix of local artisans and crafters too.”

Morris highlighted the event as a stage for crafters and artisans to show their work to the public.

“With most of the vendors being local, not only can the vendors display and show their wares to the public, but a lot of them sell privately as well,” he said.” That way the public can come in and get Christmas gifts or gift ideas and then they can make the purchase later from a vendor as well. So it’s a total shopping experience for the locals. If you want to get something specialized for someone for Christmas, this is the event to come to.”

Morris also wanted to highlight that this event is a family focused one.

“It’s a family event,” he said. “Bring the kids out. We’ll have crafts for the kids. Also, they can have the kids bring their letters for Santa because they can mail them here too.”


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