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With Christmas less than two months away, local shops are preparing for holiday shoppers this weekend.
Wapakonetaâ€™s annual Holiday Open Houses will be held this weekend throughout different shops, businesses and churches in Wapakoneta.
â€śWe would like everyone to get their holiday shopping starting in Wapakoneta,â€ť Wapakoneta Antique and Specialty Shops (WASS) President Jamie Goudy said. â€śThis is a great way to kick off the holiday season.â€ť
Goudy said this event is held in early November to usher in the upcoming holiday season and this is a chance for people to get a head start on their Christmas shopping and to shop locally.
This event, which is sponsored by WASS, is a Wapakoneta tradition, has been held for more than a decade. This event features downtown shops and local businesses that will be holding specials in honor of the upcoming holiday season.
The theme this year is â€śHome for the Holidays,â€ť and WASS officials thought it was fitting with the cityâ€™s local achievements.
â€śWe chose it because we were one of Ohioâ€™s Best Hometowns,â€ť Goudy said.
There are approximately 15 shops involved in the Holiday Open Houses, and some will include special sales and refreshments at their location.
â€śWeâ€™re really excited to have new stores joining us this year,â€ť Goudy said, which include Fernhill Farm House and Mackyâ€™s Health Market.
The Holiday Open Houses begin Friday and extend through Sunday, with hours varying by store.
Carriage rides are to be held from noon to 5 on Saturday around downtown Wapakoneta and a Childrenâ€™s Gift Wrapping Contest being held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Village Green.