Lemont Christmas Market exceeds fundraising goal

The Lemont Christmas Market, known as “Weihnachtsmarkt” in German, was a hit this year, raising more than $1,200.

That was higher than what Sue Smith, Lemont Village Association chairwoman, originally predicted the annual event last weekend would raise.

Smith said money raised goes toward repairs and maintenance at the grain elevator and coal shed. This year’s earnings would specifically go toward a new electric system for the Granary, Smith added.

The total cost of the electricity project was $10,000, Smith said. That project was completed in October.

“I’d say we’re where we need to be with the facilities,” Smith said. “Now, we’re just working on keeping it all up, but it’s truly in good shape.”

On Friday, Smith said she was already working on next year’s event. She said the Lemont Christmas Market would be held Dec. 5 and 6.

“We were lucky that it was such a success,” Smith said. “It was so cold and so wet, but people came and said, ‘Thank you so much for putting this on. We’re so glad you had it.’ They didn’t complain at all about the weather.”

The next fundraising event hosted by the Lemont Village Association will be a 5K race on May 17.

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