Coweta Christmas shines at Fairgrounds
by Bradley Hartsell
Last Saturday, the 15th annual Alpha Delta Kappa Coweta Christmas took place at the Coweta County Fairgrounds to benefit local schools and ring in the holiday season through choral groups and arts and crafts.
Nearly 40 vendors set up shop in the exhibit building at the Fairgrounds to sell an array of jewelry, crafts and holiday goods. The proceeds all go to providing a $1,000 scholarship at each Coweta County high school to students who decide to major in education upon entering college.
“It’s great that the community comes out and supports the high schools,” said Erin Neal, president of Alpha Delta Kappa, who’s been with the organization for seven years.
Gina Martin, chairman of ADK, noted the traffic during the event was in the hundreds, something the organization was quite thrilled with. During one period around noon, with plenty of people lining up and down the vendor tables, Martin remarked traffic was actually “in a lull.”
In addition to a wide assortment of goods, Coweta Christmas also had six Coweta elementary schools singing in choral groups. A different school would perform every 45 minutes, with cloggers closing the event out. With many little children in attendance, Santa Claus had his own photo corner where kids could get their picture taken with ol’ Kriss Kringle.
Neal says the ADK sends out applications for vendors in August in order secure as many as they do by November. The ADK worked tirelessly the two nights leading up to Coweta Christmas, according to Neal, to set everything up in its proper way.
Alpha Delta Kappa, founded in 1961, is an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.
Martin stated, “Our goal is to continue education and altruistic events here in Coweta County.” With Martin and Neal ready to declare the 15th annual Coweta Christmas a success, their ability to carry out that goal certainly rings true.