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I guess that if there was ever an "official" start to the Christmas season, it's probably been the Friday immediately after Thanksgiving. It's Black Friday when all of the big "deals" of the season hit retailers and is generally considered to be the day that most will begin to put up their Christmas decorations.

But in Blanchard this year, Christmas won't actually kick off until this Saturday, November 28 with the Blanchard Athletic Club's "Christmas Kickoff." And this is gonna be huge for everyone, especially those in the Blanchard area.

Beginning at 5:00 pm at the Blanchard Athletic Club at 300 North Front Street in Blanchard, this mini-festival is going to have a little something for everyone!

They'll have food vendors including Blowin’ Smoke and Kickin Sass! The Bayou Belles will perform beginning at 5:30 pm. You'll also find tons of shopping from vendors like Fox Creek Co., Legacy Graphics and Design, New Beginnings, Chase’n Dreams Boutique, Sweet Cheeks Boutique, The Trendy Thimble, Karma Esthetics, Chalk Couture by Carol, Eaves Usborne Bookes, The Purple Heifer, Friends Nutrition, Rebel Heart Vintage Boutique, Madre Appliqué, Raged Redos, Sweet Caddo Creations, Healing Waters Candles, Memes Creations and many more.

They'll also feature a silent auction with some really awesome items including baskets, Kendra Scott, hunting stuff, lots of gift certificates, RING doorbells and more.

And make sure to bring the little ones since Santa Claus is comin’ to the ballpark. There will be instant prints from High Cotton Photography. They'll also have games, crafts, a Christmas cake walk, and face painting by Becky! Plus there's Hot Cocoa, popcorn, and pizza available at the concession stand.

And the big attraction will be the Chili Cook Off with bot a "People’s Choice" and "Judges" winners and the best part is that everyone there can sample the chili!

Additionally, if your kids are planning to play baseball or softball next Spring, you can take advantage of early registration with $10 off and the chance to win a $50 academy gift card.

Entry is only $5 at the gate and little ones 10 and under get in free.

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