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Centennial swag quickly becomes popular

Show your pride or give the gift of Red Deer with some swag from the Centennial Store.

It’s now open for business, selling everything from red antler hats, centennial reusable bags, flags, china and ceramic mugs, stuffed deer, rain barrels to greeting cards.

Sheila Bannerman, Red Deer 2013 Centennial Committee chair, said all money in the cash register will go into the events celebrating Red Deer’s 100th birthday.

“Every penny we make helps to make our events better,” said Bannerman.

The red Red Deer 2013 Centennial mitts have emerged as the must-have item on the store’s shelves.

The $10 mitts are similar to the Bay’s popular red Olympic mitts but have Red Deer 1913-2013 printed. About 2,000 pairs are left of the 3,000 ordered.

“They are going really fast,” said Bannerman. “Of course you need them this time of year.”

Another fun item is the $25 ceramic mug made by Red Deer artist Julia Rayne Schumacher. There are 25 of the 50 mugs left in stock.

Shoppers can also purchase a $35 rain barrel that will be used in the River of Light event on June 30.

The committee has planned five major events throughout 2013 to celebrate the centennial. A full list of events is available at

The kickoff event is the Centennial First Night Skating Party on New Year’s Eve. Volunteers are needed to skate on the ponds to answer questions and to act as security.

Bannerman said they would like to have a sports team volunteer and in return, the team would receive a donation. The skating gets underway at 6 p.m. and the fireworks are planned for 9 p.m.

The store, located at 4816 50th Ave. in the Scott Block, is open Monday to Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This Saturday the store is open from noon to 5 p.m. and on Monday (Christmas Eve) from 10 a.m. to noon.

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