Take the Christmas Country Tour to find whimsical and inspirational gift items south of Red Deer.
On Friday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a country craft market will be held at the Cottonwood-Gordon Ag Society hall.
Travel south of Innisfail on Hwy 2 and take the overpass west 21 km on Cottonwood Road, just past Rural Road 30.
The featured artist is one-of-a-kind jewelry designer Susan McGibbon. But there will also be plenty of other unique items to choose from, including quilts, photography, paintings, ceramics, specialty teas and clothing.
You can enjoy a noon lunch of hamburger soup and a crusty bun. Lunch proceeds go to the Christmas Bureau. For more information, call 403-227-2489.
Horse-drawn hay rides will also be offered for a nominal fee from the Cottonwood-Gordon hall, weather permitting. The rides given by the Red Lodge Guest Ranch will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10.
West of Bowden, the Hillcrest Community Hall Craft Fair and Bake Sale will be held the same afternoon, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Leather crafts, jams, Christmas toys and many other gift items will be available — along with some lunch. Go west of Bowden on Hwy 587, then turn 3.2 km south on Rural Road 22 and watch for the signs. For more information, call 403-224-3880.
Another huge Christmas sale will be held at Vitality Crystals and Fountains Inc., located 5.7 km west of Bowden on Hwy 587 (watch for signs between RR 14 and RR15). There will be special pricing on jewelry, salt crystal lamps and select fountains. Enter a draw for a gift certificate. The sale is on Friday, Nov. 9, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.