Columbians are invited to jump-start their holiday shopping at the 24th King’s Daughters Holiday Festival, Nov. 8–10, in the Holiday Inn Expo Center. Shoppers can find gifts for everyone on their list with vendors selling everything from home décor and fresh-baked goods to high fashion and children’s gifts.
“The mix of vendors this year is a fabulous mix of new vendors and favorite returning vendors,” says King’s Daughters member and volunteer June Hurdle. ”It is somewhat like a treasure hunt to see the creative wares and stories behind them that vendors have to share.”
The three-day shopping extravaganza raises funds to support the organization’s Dental Aid program and the Missouri King’s Daughter’s Retirement Home in Mexico, Mo. The event, which began in 1990 in the West Junior High School gymnasium, has grown to a festival of more than 100 vendors annually in the Holiday Inn Expo Center.
Since 1975, King’s Daughters has worked to provide dental care to needy children in the Columbia Public School District. The Dental Aid program connects Columbia students who have dental needs but no financial resources with a Columbia-based dentist. The program currently serves 72 students. It has grown from assisting eight children in 1975 to as many as 134 children in an individual year. The Dental Aid program includes 51 area dentists provide a varying array of services from dental checkups to extensive dental work. Dentists donate their time and some, or all, of their expenses. Donations cover the balance of costs, with the King’s Daughters Holiday Festival providing the primary source of funds.
Since 1905, the International Order of the King’s Daughters of Columbia has supported a home for aged women, along with all of the Missouri King’s Daughters branches. The Missouri King’s Daughter’s Retirement Home is licensed for 45 female residents under two levels of care — Intermediate Care and Resident Care II. As a private-pay facility, the home is maintained through contributions from King’s Daughters Circles of Missouri, private donations, endowment fund earnings and resident fees.
The festival will kick off with a Friday night preview, the Give A Child A Smile Charity Benefit Gala, to raise awareness about and support of the King’s Daughters Dental Aid program. During the evening, guests may enjoy hors d’oeuvres and desserts, while contributing to the Dental Aid program by participating in a holiday item raffle, a mystery wine grab bag, a giving tree and the purchase of chocolate martinis. Pre-shopping will also be available. The shopping continues on Saturday and Sunday.
King’s Daughters Holiday Festival
$3/day in advance Saturday/Sunday
$6/day at the door Saturday/Sunday
6 to 9 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
2200 I-70 Drive S.W.
For event details, visit www.kdholidayfestival.com.