Enjoy 'Christmas in Elgin' on Thursday



The 2019 Elgin Homecoming Committee will host its Second Annual Soup Supper Fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 6, at Torkelson Motors in Elgin during “Christmas in Elgin.” Renae Lembke (left) served Ellie Medberry a bowl of delicious broccoli and cheese and soup at last year’s Soup Supper Fundraiser.  File photo


Enjoy 'Christmas in Elgin' on Thursday



By Chris Deback


Don’t miss “Christmas in Elgin” and the 2019 Elgin Homecoming Soup Supper Fundraiser on Thursday, Dec. 9, in Elgin. 

Sponsored by the Elgin Community Betterment Club, “Christmas in Elgin” will be from 2 to 7 p.m. with different Elgin businesses hosting Holiday Open Houses. Patrons can register for one of four $25 Elgin Bucks prizes and one of 10 $10 Elgin Bucks prizes at participating businesses. Residents need not be present for the drawing that will take place at 7 p.m. at Torkelson Motors in Elgin. The car dealership will host host vendors for its Holiday Open House.

In conjunction with “Christmas in Elgin” is the 2019 Elgin Homecoming Soup Supper Fundraiser from 5 to 7 p.m. at Torkelson Motors. The freewill-donation supper will feature chili and broccoli and cheese and chicken noodle soups. The soups are either homemade or bought and donated by committee members. Several different ladies from the Elgin area will also be making bars to be served. Crackers and milk were donated by various committee members, as well. An unidentified Elgin resident donated a $250 Thrivent Card to the committee to use for paper products and for whatever else is needed to be purchased.

The committee will be selling 2019 Elgin Homecoming calendars and T-shirts with proceeds going to the 2019 Elgin Homecoming festivities. A 50/50 raffle will be held with a winner being drawn that evening. A quilt raffle is also taking place, but the drawing won’t occur until Elgin Homecoming, Friday-Sunday, June 28-30. 

It’s fundraising efforts like these that helped make the 2014 Elgin Homecoming free to those who attended. It’s the committee’s goal to make that happen again. 

“We spent approximately $11,000 for the last Homecoming,” said Cindy Torkelson, 2019 Elgin Homecoming Committee co-chair. “Everything was free, and we are hoping to do the same, but it will depend on our fundraising efforts. We want people to come to Elgin and enjoy the celebration. For some, it may be there first time; for others, it may be ‘coming home.’ Whatever it is, we want to show off our little town.

“We use most of our money for entertainment, which includes the musical, Elgin’s Got Talent Karaoke Contest, live entertainment/street dances,” she added. “Many of the youth activities, including inflatables, sidewalk chalk, painting, coloring, Giant Plinko, Giant Jenga, Giant Yahtzee, and hopefully a kids’ tractor pull, cost money. We also use the money to rent tables, tents, porta potties, advertise, print posters, and postage for a mailer that goes out in the spring.”

Torkelson also noted that Santa Claus will make an appearance from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at Torkelson Motors. 

Be sure to stop down to Elgin and visit all the different Christmas festivities it has planned for Thursday, Dec. 6, and to support the 2019 Elgin Homecoming.



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