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Southern Oregon Holiday Expo

Do you ever feel like you might not recognize your own child’s face because she’s had her nose buried in her phone for so long?

The Southern Oregon Holiday Expo is a perfect opportunity to get reacquainted with the kids, ease into the holiday spirit and get your Christmas shopping started.

"This is our first year putting on this event,” says Athena Fliegel, specialty publications and events manager with Rosebud Multimedia, local publisher of the Mail Tribune, Ashland Daily Tidings and the Nickel.

"Last May we organized a similar event we called the Kidz Expo," she says. "The fact that over 1,000 kids showed up was amazing, but what was even more compelling was the overwhelmingly positive response from the community. People loved that it was an opportunity for the family to do something together, and they convinced us that we needed more events of this kind. So we decided to do it bigger and better, this time with a holiday theme.”

The Southern Oregon Holiday Expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, in the gymnasium at Central Medford High School, 815 S. Oakdale Ave.

"The gym will be a winter wonderland,” Fliegel says. “We will have over 50 vendors with jewelry, makeup, essential oils, candles, handcrafted gifts, food items, pet accessories and apparel and many other gift ideas. It will be a great opportunity for folks to get started on their holiday shopping while the kids are busy having fun. We will have a cookie decorating station, a gift-wrap area to benefit Project Graduation at Crater High School, and Central Art Supply will have a no-cost make-and-take gift area where kids can use their own imaginations to create something special for friends or family.”

Dutch Bros Coffee will offer their specialty drinks as participants enjoy music, yummy food treats and a variety of fun activities. And no holiday celebration is complete without a visit from St. Nick, so Santa Ed will pose for free pictures throughout the day.

It’s a full day of family fun, and best of all admission is free, Fliegel says. 

"All we ask is that people bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate, and the toys all go directly to Court Appointed Special Advocates, which is a wonderful organization right here in Jackson County.”

None of this would be possible, Fliegel says, without the generosity of some local sponsors who have stepped up to make this event happen.

“The message is clear that we need more opportunities for family-oriented activities here in the Rogue Valley. This will be a fun day that encourages parents and kids to spend time together, allows our community businesses to get a head start on holiday revenue and raises funds and toys for some local organizations. We look forward to welcoming kids, families and holiday shoppers.”

For more information, and to preregister for the event, go to unbouncepages.com/holidayexpo.

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