FAIRMONT - Holiday goodies and handmade gifts will be available during Martin County Humane Society's Annual Holiday Bake and Craft Sale.
The event will be held 5-8 p.m. Friday at St. John's United Church of Christ on Main Street in Fairmont.
The sale is scheduled to coincide with the Glows Parade, set for 6 p.m. Friday, said Marilyn Belseth of the Humane Society.
"Some like to come and eat before the parade and some like to come after, so we'll be here," Belseth said.
A turkey melt sandwich with chips, drink and dessert bar will cost $5. In addition to the meal, folks can stock up on holiday treats.
"It's just before Thanksgiving," Belseth noted. "They can get it for Thanksgiving or put it in the freezer for Christmas."
Although Belseth won't know exactly what's available until bakers bring their wares, the selection usually includes bars, cookies, candies, caramel corn, brownies, pies and breads.
"It's a nice variety," Belseth said. "We never seem to have too much of the same thing."
If Christmas gifts are needed, they have you covered there too. Belseth expects lots of handmade crafts, but "it depends on what people bring."
She will bring gift baskets of Avon products and door banners. She expects jars of cocoa mix to be for sale, wreaths of all kinds, ornaments, and crocheted and knitted items.
The sale continues Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the church, and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fleet & Farm Supply, but only the baked goods will be available at the store.
"It gives people two places to buy; two different crowds," Belseth said. "We get a lot of guys at Fleet & Farm. The guys at work out there, they look forward to that [sale]."
Proceeds will pay expenses such as vet bills, dog and cat food, kitty litter and salaries for two workers at the Carl Nettifee Memorial Animal Shelter, located at 522 E. Margaret St.
"Last month, our expenses were more than what we took in," Belseth said. "We had to take some out of our savings. All our fund-raisers are down."
She realizes people have to take care of their families first, but the Humane Society is facing more demand.
"People move and leave animals, so we get them," she said. "People aren't taking care of their cats, getting them spayed and neutered."
To help with the problem, the Spay Neuter Assistance Program (SNAP) mobile van will be available at Chain of Lakes Pet Hospital at 1265 Highway 15 on Jan. 13. You must sign up online at mnsnap.org and click on "Contact Us" on the left side of the page. Low-income owners can qualify for a low fee.
If you're looking for a new furry friend, Belseth said the shelter can help.
"We have an abundance of small dogs right now; six or seven, which is unusual," she said, because small dogs don't stay long.
The shelter is open 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, call (507) 238-1885 or e-mail: