Christmas Shopping Extravaganza enters 19th year

By: Jeannine LeJeune
CROWLEY – Holiday shoppers have another opportunity to get unique gifts for the people on their list this weekend.

The Sacre’ Couer Kaycee Auxiliary will present its 19th Annual Christmas Shopping Extravaganza this Saturday, Dec. 3.

The event will once again be held at the South Crowley Knights of Columbus Home, which is located on the corner of S. Avenue E and Elm St. in Crowley, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Admission is $1 per person, with children 12 and under being admitted free of charge. Door prizes will be awarded every half hour, but you must be present to win a prize.

The idea is to give people a place where they can shop and dine under one roof.

The event serves as the auxiliary’s fundraiser for its many community projects throughout the year.

“We started this 19 years ago as a fundraiser when arts and crafts were really big,” said Beverly Hains, auxiliary member and extravaganza chairperson, “now they won’t let us stop. They tell us they want to see this booth here and so on.”

Community projects funded by the event include the Acadiana Outreach Christmas Angel Tree, giving gifts to the elderly and various other charities.

On hand will be crafters and boutiques from throughout the state.

“We will have 46 vendors here including boutiques and crafters,” she said.

Items for sale will include artworks, home decor and jewelry, but it is far from limited to those three categories.

Concessions will also be sold including brisket sandwiches, boudin balls, jambalaya, gumbo and drinks and more. There will also be homemade sweets by the Kaycee Ladies Auxiliary. The sweet includes sweet dough pies–fig, blackberry, lemon, coconut and pumpkin–as well as pecan pralines, homemade candy, brownies and cookies.

“We are going to have a bit of everything,” said Hains.

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