(12/04/13) - You might say that the Saginaw County Fairgrounds are looking a bit like the North Pole these days.
"It sure is. I saw it empty, and now it's transformed into this winter wonderland," said Peggy Garikes, Santa's Village volunteer.
This is the tenth year for Santa's Village at the Fairgrounds, and this year's version is bigger than ever. It features 37,000 square feet of what's become one of the largest indoor holiday carnivals in Michigan.
This year's village is more Christmas-y than ever, thanks to the addition of dozens of gingerbread houses created by area elementary school students.
"It's probably between 150 and 200 trees. The amount of lights, I don't think any of us could count that high," said Sandy Sloan, Santa's Village co-chairperson
Proceeds from the four month long attraction will help fund next summer's 101st Saginaw County Fair.
"It takes lots of money to help run the fair, and this helps pay all the bills and give us the entertainment and all the fun activities for the families at the fair," Sloan said.
Of course, the Big Man in red will be standing by to handle a request or two.
"They still have a chance to get off the naughty list if they're on there. Bring me a list of what you'd like for Christmas, and I'll see what I can do," Santa said.
Santa's Village is open on Saturday and Sunday's through Dec. 22 at the Saginaw County Fairgrounds.
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