WESTVILLE — Heidi Tucker is proud to be from Westville.
“The people here are fantastic,” she said. “They help each other — it’s amazing.”
That community spirit will be evident this weekend at the first Westville Hometown Holiday. The event is a fundraiser to expand the concession stand at Zamberletti Park, called “Expand the Stand.”
More than 20 vendors and other activities will be featured from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at St. Mary’s Parish Hall.
From 8-11 a.m. Saturday, there will be a pancake-and-sausage breakfast and photos with Santa. At noon, the Westville Junior High Wildcats will perform.
Tucker, who makes wreaths and centerpieces, came up with the idea a couple of months ago.
“Westville has never had a holiday event and a lot of surrounding towns have them,” she said.
She approached Gary Delhaye, a city council member and a member of the park committee, and also approached other people.
She was amazed at the response from people. St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Rev. Timothy Sauppe donated use of the parish hall.
Some of the proceeds from the event will go to the Zamberletti Park Capital Improvement Commission to enlarge and improve the concession stand.
The Westville Recreation League and Westville Youth Football have partnered with the commission.
Here are highlights of the weekend:
• The 20 vendors, all local, will sell products such as: crafts, jewelry, Avon, Mary Kay, candles, soaps, burlap bags, homemade T-shirts, Pampered Chef, Scentsy, 21, crocheted and handsewn items, honey and wreaths and centerpieces.
• Labor Day royalty will wrap gifts, and will collect new or gently used board games for Santa’s Anonymous.
• There will be door prizes (donated by vendors), with drawings every hour both days.
• There also will be a bake sale and a hot chocolate station.
• Tickets will be sold for a gun raffle, and will continue for two months.
• There will be a 50/50 raffle, as well.
• Freewill donations will be accepted for the pancake breakfast. Santa will be there for photos; parents may take their own photos or buy a package from Kaitlyn Paul-Ward Photography.
Tucker is excited about the variety of vendors and activities, saying, “There will be a little bit of something for everyone. It should be fun.”
Delhaye said money for the concession stand project will come from vendors’ fees, bake sale, breakfast, the 50/50 raffle and the firearms raffle.
“The community has always supported our efforts at the park,” Delhaye said. “We hope to have a great turnout to support the ongoing improvements at Zamberletti Park.”
Tucker agreed, saying, “Let’s hope it’s a success so we can come back next year.”
As for the Zamberletti Park group, she said, “The committee has been amazing. We have one of the nicest parks in the area.”
Both Delhaye and Tucker appreciate the number of people and groups that have come together to put on the event.