Thirty Years of Christmas Pleasure for Texarkana's Celebrated Mistletoe Fair


Texarkana's Junior League celebrates the Mistletoe Fair Christmas Marketplace's 30th Anniversary with a wonderland of food and fun.

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Celebrating its 30th year, the Texarkana Mistletoe Fair Christmas Marketplace will host more than 50 unique vendors in the run-up to Thanksgiving and Black Friday. The Junior League of Texarkana, which presents the event at the Four States Fairgrounds complex in Texarkana, is excitedly readying for the festivities which will mark 30 years of beautiful Christmas decor and interesting Christmas-related products and services.

"Being that it is a big anniversary, everyone here is very excited about this year's Mistletoe Fair," said Junior League office manager Janet Lyons. "Every year has been special, and this year will be no different."

Like previous years, the 2015 Mistletoe Fair will highlight some new vendors from outside our region who will descend on the Ark-La-Tex hoping to find a receptive audience for their products or services at the event.

Debbie Reece of BeeBop Books will be coming to Texarkana from North Texas for the Mistletoe Fair to share award-winning illustrated books she has both written and published. Reece said she is looking forward to the Mistletoe Fair.

"Fairs and special shows involving the Junior League have always been a good fit for me and my books," the author said. "Compassion and friendship are the hallmarks of the Junior League, and these qualities are ones I like to promote in my books as well. Plus, the Junior League promotes education."

Reece said her company, BeeBop Books, was founded to publish and promote the children's books she wrote, and she will be traveling to Texarkana from Howe, Texas (in the Sherman-Denison area). Reece's hometown of Howe has a population of 3,279 according to the 2010 census, and she believes her books include values important to rural Texans that will resonate at the Mistletoe Fair. In fact, Reece was honored as a finalist in the 2014 "Best of Texas Strong" competition that highlights services and products assisting rural Texas communities.

Debbie Reece's book The Christmas Pumpkin helps children with accepting new things and people
The Christmas Pumpkin by Debbie
Reece teaches children acceptance
One book Debbie Reece is hoping to highlight during the 2015 Mistletoe Fair is called "The Christmas Pumpkin," and she believes it will be especially appropriate for the event.

"The book 'The Christmas Pumpkin' was inspired by actual events. My son Matthew, who is now 12, was choosing a pumpkin for Halloween and found a neglected green pumpkin," Reece said. In the story, the boy uses the green pumpkin at Christmas and carves a large star."

In Reece's book, the character named James faces ridicule for using the green Christmas pumpkin, but the boy stands firm to his convictions and helps others understand that acceptance and individuality can override an initial resistance to something or someone that is different. "The message is: Be who you are, and you will have the self confidence that people will later love" Reece added.

The author visited Texarkana somewhat recently. "We came for the Little League state playoffs," said Reece. "I love the area and am so excited to spend a few days signing books and talking to all of the people." The author also donates a portion of her book profits to libraries, and she said her most recent library donation was $600. "Literacy is so important, and our libraries help us with this in great ways," she added.

Award-winning author Debbie Reece reads her
book to eager children at a Christmas event.
The other book being heavily promoted by Debbie Reece during her visit to the Ark-La-Tex is called "The Worst Day Ever." Like the previously mentioned book, "The Worst Day Ever" was inspired by something that happened to her son Matthew. In the book, the character James is having the worst day in his entire short life, but he slowly learns to discover the importance of having a support system and the power of a simple hug.

"Kids have to realize that sometimes you just have a bad day, and you can get over it," the author said. According to Reece, the Mistletoe Fair will be useful in helping to promote her books with people who can really use them, such teachers, counselors, grandparents and parents.

Presented at at the Four States Fairgrounds complex in Texarkana Arkansas, the Mistletoe Fair is one of the main fundraisers of the Junior League. Like the Mistletoe Fairs of the past, the 2015 incarnation promises to offer a mix of local and visiting booths, such as author Debbie Reece, to ensure an exciting pre-Christmas shopping experience.

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    • Dates and times: 
      • Thursday, November 19 - 7:00pm - 10:00pm - Preview Party (Preview Party ticket required.) Friday, November 20 - (Brunch ticket holders only) - 9:00am - 12:00am Main Mistletoe Fair Marketplace opens Friday, November 20 - 12:00am - 8:00pm Saturday, November 21 - 9:00am - 8:00pm Sunday, November 22 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm
    • General Info:
      • General admission to the Mistletoe Fair is $6. Weekend passes available in advance only. Other scheduled activities and events related to Mistletoe Fair, including children's events are available through the ticket link shown below. Tickets for specific Fair events may be purchased online by clicking the Mistletoe Fair link at
    • Where:
      • Four States Fairgrounds Exhibititon Hall/Arena GPS address: 3700 E 50th St, Texarkana AR 71854 (Recently re-named Fairpark Dr.)


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Thirty Years of Christmas Pleasure for Texarkana's Celebrated Mistletoe Fair
Texarkana's Junior League celebrates the Mistletoe Fair Christmas Marketplace's 30th Anniversary with a wonderland of food and fun. News
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