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Farmers’ market and trade show set to get folks into Christmas spirit

By Lethbridge Herald on December 2, 2021.

Herald photo by Alejandra Pulido-Guzman Amy Martin, owner of Fluff ’n’ Stuff, spins fresh cotton candy during the opening day of the Big Christmas Farmers Market and Tradeshow on Thursday at Exhibition Park.

Alejandra Pulido-Guzman – Lethbridge Herald

The Lethbridge and District Exhibition kicked off their Big Christmas Farmers’ Market and Trade Show on Thursday that will run until Saturday, Dec. 4.

The event has divided the Exhibition pavilion into Santa’s Workshop, the North Pole, South Pole, and Reindeer Run, where attendees can enjoy a multitude of local vendors, a hot cocoa bar, a movie for children, and the opportunity to roast marshmallows in their outdoor fire. 

“This is the first Christmas event we had since we have been able to welcome the public back, and we are really excited to be able to bring the community together right before the holiday season and to do so safely,” said Mavisha Maistry, director of marketing and communications with the Lethbridge and District Exhibition. 

Among the many vendors, a first time participant of the Big Christmas Farmer’s Market and Trade Show is Fluff ’n’ Stuff, a family owned and operated cotton candy producer from Raymond, Alta. 

“We have currently 49 flavours right now, that we do all of our spinning and for our live spinning we decided that we wanted to make what we call fluff friends, we currently have a penguin, a pineapple, an owl, a baby Yoda and a Santa hat for Christmas,” said Amy Martin, owner of Fluff n’ Stuff. 

She said her business started over the summer of 2021 and she originally got the idea from one of her eight children who wanted cotton candy for their birthday. She started experimenting with flavours and now has over 40. 

Another venue that is taking part in the Big Christmas Farmer’s Market and Trade Show, is also full of flavour but on the opposite side of the spectrum. Beyond Hot is a producer of hot sauce that carries a broad selection of sauces. 

“We pride ourselves on carrying close to 300 different types this year. Next year in our store we hope to have over 500 types,” said Dylan Lowry, owner of Beyond Hot. 

He said that they love to participate in local markets to feed people’s addiction to hot sauce and get them out of the house. 

“We have kind of a unique following, we call them chili heads so we always have a good show no matter what venue we are doing it in,” said Lowry. 

The Big Christmas Farmers’ Market and Trade Show runs from 1 – 8 p.m. today, and 10 – 5 p.m. on Saturday.

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pursuit diver

Ahhh, the Christmas spirit! What is the Christmas spirit? Is it Santa Claus, the magical elves portrayed? What is Christmas really?
Christmas has been for centuries the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, a savior to all who believed, hence the name Christmas. But today it has become a ploy to sell more toys and products as an economic boost for business, under the guise of Santa Claus, which is very close to Satan, when you move the letters around!
How disappointing that those of us that have always been able to say ‘Merry Christmas’, joyfully are told that it is not politically correct. Employees in stores have been told they cannot say Merry Christmas to customers, government offices often avoid Merry Christmas due to that outcry of a small group of lost souls that hate Christ for some reason and want all displays of Christ removed from society, while promoting witches, the dark arts, pagan rituals, etc, while they are also allowed to openly do so at Halloween.
I am tired of all this nonsense, and the question is how long will the country stay together with all the groups tearing apart it’s very foundations that caused many in the world to want to move to this country. We are tearing it apart! Every one else is allowed to have their separate celebrations, yet Christians are being picked out, under attack to the point they cannot even display Merry Christmas signs in their business windows without coming under condemnation!
Christmas is the celebration of the birth of a child that came to this earth over 2,000 years ago to promote LOVE, PEACE, JOY, FORGIVENESS, who was beaten, spit on, nailed to a cross taking our sins with him.
Matthew 5:43-45
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 that you may be children of your Father in heaven.
So to all those who have never known why we celebrate Christmas, or forgot, remember this: JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!