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Santa's Village boasts record-breaking attendance


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut

MARTIN, Tenn. – The 33rd-annual Santa’s Village event, hosted Dec. 7-10 in the University of Tennessee at Martin’s Ned McWherter Agricultural Complex, set a new attendance record with more than 19,000 visitors.

“This is my 29th year to work at Santa’s Village, and I believe this has been one of the best villages to date,” said Kim Kirby, program director with the City of Martin Parks and Recreation Department. “I truly appreciate the success of this year’s college. We were able to enjoy a holiday event and at the same time help those less fortunate.”

The 2017 event surpassed the previous attendance record of 18,106 visitors set in 2015. Santa’s Village traditionally collects donated toys and food items for needy families in the Northwest Tennessee area. Food donations this year totaled more than 18,300 cans, and toy donations filled 23 55-gallon bags.

The University of Tennessee at Martin and the city of Martin joined with Simmons Bank, Savant Learning Systems, Casey’s General Store, Zaxby’s and others to sponsor the traditional event.

For more information, contact Kirby at 731-587-6784.


PHOTO ID: The MTD model train display is an annual fixture at Santa's Village.

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