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Goodfellow cancels Santa's Market 2020

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Mary Jenkins)

(U.S. Air Force graphic by Mary Jenkins)

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

Goodfellow has canceled Santa’s Market 2020 scheduled for Nov 21-22 weekend, due to COVID-19.

“In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19 and prioritize the health and safety of our attendees, vendors and volunteers, wing officials made the tough decision to cancel our annual event” said Col Tony England, 17th Mission Support Group Commander

Created in the 1980s as a community base access event, Santa’s Market is a bazaar-like shopping experience featuring various local vendors and booths at the Louis F. Garland Department of Defense Fire Academy High Bay on Goodfellow AFB. The market hosts up to 5,000 guests each year, with up to 80 vendor booths, ornament decorating and a visit from Santa Clause; all supported by hundreds of volunteers. Santa’s Market is the only time in the year the installation opens its gates to the public, allowing visitors a chance to experience a part of the base while shopping.

England went on to say, “We are deeply disappointed we won’t have Santa’s Market this year, and we look forward to hosting the 40th annual event next year.”