Czech the sweet spot

Czech Christmas Market a success, drawing holiday crowds to 10 West Main

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Wyatt Shaeffer and Abigail Miller enjoy some scrumptious fun at the free marshmallow roast and make-your-own s’mores location during the Yukon Czech Christmas Market. (Photo by Carol Mowdy Bond)

By Carol Mowdy Bond
Contributing Writer

The 2nd annual Yukon Czech Christmas Market, sponsored by Yukon 66 Main Street, drew mushrooming crowds to the parking lot at 10 W. Main Street on Saturday, December 5, from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Holiday music rang out as 35 booths offered fine, handcrafted gifts and holiday fare. Shoppers enjoyed the variety of unique gifts available, and also shopped in the 10 W. Main retail venues and restaurants. Everyone enjoyed the crisp air.

Yukon 66 Main Street sponsored a location for a marshmallow roast and provided all the fixins for s’mores. Santa Claus arrived in a full-size Yukon Fire Department hook-and-ladder truck, and posed for U-Take it photo ops. He also handed out candy. And Oklahoma Czech Queen Emily Cole roamed through the crowds. Czech pastries, kolaches, and other goodies were available for purchase.

Yukon Mayor Shelli Selby said, “This is our second year for this. It has flourished. We’ve got it just like they do their Christmas markets in Czechoslovakia with white tents with greenery around them.”

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The executive director of Yukon 66 Main Street for the past 2 1/2 years, Vicki Davis said, “Heather Samuels is the event coordinator for this. So, last year was our introductory year, and it was much smaller last year. We expanded the market to 35 vendors this year. And we were selective in the vendors we accepted, to make sure we had quality products. And we wanted to be careful to have a good selection of products. The vendors are great. We didn’t allow any direct sales vendors.”

Davis said, “This event contributes to edifying and connecting our Czech heritage with our Main Street. One guest, who is from Prague, Czechoslovakia, came by today and said this reminds her of the markets back home in Prague.”

To connect with Yukon 66 Main Street, email mainstreet@yukon.gov, or call (405) 350-5999, or on Facebook Yukon 66 Main Street.