Straight from the North Pole, Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and Santa's brother, Cletus, relocate the family ranch to the Lake County Fairgrounds this month for the Holiday Hoedown.
The Holiday Hoedown blends seasonal festivities with old-fashioned festivity from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21, to Sunday, Dec. 29. The event will be closed Tuesday, Dec. 24, and Wednesday, Dec. 25.
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The indoor winter festival features a Magical Midway of rides for every age, carnival-style games, decorated trees by community organizations and families, and seasonal food and drink. Santa strolls daily to make sure his ranch is running smoothly.
Visit grazing animals, try your hand at rope making, marvel at antique tractors, take a hayride with Cletus or a journey on Rudolph's Barrel Train -- all at Santa's Farm, presented by Santa's friends at the Lake County Farm Heritage Association.
Nearby at Frosty's Fairway, perfect your mini-golf on a festive nine-hole course. Youngsters can meet new friends and have old-fashioned fun in the bounce house. Moms and dads won't want to leave without toasting the season at Blitzen's Brewery.
You'll find Mrs. Claus at Gingerbread Square, where she's busy baking cookies, while event headliner Rick Colen performs his juggling and comedy routine. Don't forget to join in the Christmas cookie and turkey bowling competitions.
Cost for Holiday Hoedown is $10 per vehicle, $25 for 15-passenger vans and stretch limos, and $50 for schools and coach buses. All-you-can-ride wristbands are $15 each Dec. 21, 22, 26 and 28. All rides are $1 Dec. 23, 27 and 29.
Hayrides and mini-golf are $4 each, while the bounce house is $1. Only cash is accepted at the Lake County Fairgrounds.
For directions and more information, visit the Lake County Fairgrounds online at www.lcfair.com or on Facebook.