By Joshua Winata
The Cove Herald
’Twas the month before Christmas, and all through the town, every creature was stirring, preparing for the rush of festivities that lay ahead.
The Copperas Cove Downtown Association is setting stage for the winter holidays with the 13th annual Krist Krindl Markt that runs from Nov. 30 to Dec. 2.
Originally inspired by traditional open-air German bazaars, the Copperas Cove version adds “a big Texas flair,” Downtown Association President Betty Price said.
The market is a Christmas shopper’s dream with about 100 vendors from as far away as Wisconsin and Florida. In addition to authentic German crafts like nutcrackers and Advent candle holders, booths will feature unique handmade gifts such as cactus hats, personalized bath soaps and perfumes, tanned leather and cowhide products, barnwood art, athletic memorabilia, custom silver jewelry and other specialty goods.
“You’re getting a really neat variety of special made items, things that you might find in Salado or in Fredericksburg, but these vendors are bringing them here,” Price said. “We don’t have to travel to find some unique, very original Christmas gifts.”
Every year, the event brings thousands of guests into Copperas Cove, and visitors from all over Texas are invited to attend.
In addition to shopping, the market boasts a smorgasbord of international cuisine, from German fare such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, schnitzel and brochen to fajitas, Greek wraps, hamburgers, catfish, homemade stew and a tantalizing variety of desserts. Topping that list are the funnel cakes; cheesecakes, freshly made by Copperas Cove’s own Church of the Nazarene and fried Oreo cookies, topped with whipped cream, chocolate sauce and a cherry.
“For me, it’s the food first and then shopping,” Price said. “I go to fairs to eat. It’s all about the food.”
No Christmas celebration would be complete without a visit from Santa Claus himself, courtesy of the Copperas Cove Citizens Fire and Public Safety Volunteers Association. Youngsters can bring letters to Santa’s Mailbox on Friday, and the letters will be answered before Christmas.
As a tribute to Old St. Nick’s favorite snack, H-E-B will be distributing cookies and milk, while parents can warm up with coffee from Buck-a-roo’s while their children get a photograph taken with jolly holiday icon.
Children will also enjoy the petting zoo and pony rides, and Mr. Puppet and the Curly Tops, featuring musical performances using marionettes and hand puppets, will be making their first appearance at Krist Krindl Markt. Further entertainment will be provided by local school and church choirs, bands and dance teams.
Now in its second year, the Miss Krist Krindl Beauty Pageant will be held on Saturday, and the winner will have the opportunity to ride in the Christmas in the Cove lighted parade, which runs by downtown Copperas Cove on Saturday evening. The deadline for applications, which can be submitted at Ken’s Automotive at 302 South Main St. or All American Appliances at 115 East Avenue E, is tomorrow.
Adding to the festive atmosphere, downtown will be illuminated by strings of lights and a Christmas tree that will be lit during the opening ceremonies at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, and seasonal carols will be piped throughout the market.
“Krist Krindl is for people who love Christmas,” said Linda Ledger, Krist Krindl Markt promotions chair. “Usually the weather is a little crisp, and the shopping’s fun and you find little unique things that you usually can’t find in stores. It’s just a nice way to start the Christmas season.”
Contact Joshua Winata at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (254) 547-6481