King's Daughters and other holiday festivals kick off November

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 | 5:07 p.m. CST; updated 1:01 p.m. CST, Thursday, November 8, 2012

COLUMBIA — The 23rd annual King’s Daughters Holiday Festival opens Friday in the Holiday Inn Executive Center, with more than 90 merchants offering a wide selection of holiday merchandise. 

The festival will offer clothing, jewelry, Christmas items, kitchenware, food products, MU merchandise and more.

Upcoming fairs and shows

King's Daughters Holiday Festival

When: 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Where: Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W.

Cost: $30 to $50 Friday; $3 in advance, $6 at the door Saturday and Sunday

United Methodist Women's 18th Annual Craft Show

When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Where: Community United Methodist Church, 3301 W. Broadway

Cost: Admission is free

Columbia Weavers and Spinners' Guild 23rd Annual Holiday Exhibition and Sale

When: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday

Where: Boone County Historical Society Museum, 3801 Ponderosa Drive

Cost: Admission is free

Access Arts Holiday Benefit Sale

When: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 17; noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 18

Where: Access Arts Community Room, 1724 McAlester St.

Cost: Admission is free

Sacred Heart Christmas Bazaar

When: 3 to 7 p.m. Nov. 30; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 1

Where: Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1115 Locust St.

Cost: Admission is free

Christmas Craft Bazaar

When: 10 a.m. Dec. 1

Where: Boone Country Fairgrounds

Cost: Admission is free

Family Advent Craft Fair

When: 4 p.m. Dec. 2

Where: Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St.

Cost: Admission is free

Holiday Bazaar

When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 8

Where: Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St.

Cost: Admission is free

The Missourian would like to know about other upcoming holiday festivals. Email to let us know about an event.


"There is everything imaginable,” said Julie Kammerich, president of the Atkins-Hubbell-McRoberts King’s Daughters circle.

The festival opens at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the Give a Child a Smile event that lasts until 8:30 p.m.

For $30 a person or $50 a couple, shoppers can have a chance to see the booths first, sample hors d'oeuvres, watch entertainment and programs on stage and listen to live music.

The festival continues Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets cost $3 in advance or $6 at the door.

Funds support the Dental Aid Program in Columbia and the King's Daughters Retirement Home in Mexico, Mo.

The Dental Aid Program provides dental care to children in Columbia Public Schools. School officials, members of the Columbia King’s Daughters and more than 50 local dentists work together to provide an average of 100 underprivileged students per year with dental care, according to its website.

Children in the program receive yearly preventive checkups and treatment, said Kay Egbert, president of the Columbia City Union of King's Daughters and Sons, the collective group of circles.

The retirement home in Mexico, Mo., opened in 1905 with a matron, nurse and cook to care for 10 women. Since opening, the home has been renovated to accommodate more residents and to follow city and state regulations. The home houses up to 45 female residents.

Funds raised by the Holiday Festival support costs and renovations for the home. This year, proceeds will help purchase a generator.

King’s Daughters was established in 1886 as an international organization based in New York City. The organization has clubs called circles. Columbia has 22 circles and a total of 540 members.

Each circle is connected through the City Union. Columbia has the largest number of circles in the organization, followed by Memphis, Tenn., and Moline, Ill., each with 20 circles, according to the Holiday Festival website.

“We are always looking to expand in membership,” Egbert said. “Each circle brings so much to the table, and with more circles and members, we can keep evolving.”

The holiday festival was first held at the West Junior High School gymnasium in May 1975 with about 28 booths. Most were run by the circles selling craft items and baked goods.

In 1996, the festival moved to the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 I-70 Drive S.W., to handle a growing number of vendors.

The organization raises money through ticket sales, donations and booth registration fees. The festival also offers other opportunities to raise money such as a silent auction with more than 45 items, a wine pull featuring a variety of selections and a giving tree with gift cards from businesses in Columbia.

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