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In the holiday swing of things

Northwoods Life Church in Perham has been serving Thanksgiving meals for 19 years. This year the Brew donated and cooked 16, 20 pound turkeys for the meal. (Kim Brasel / FOCUS).1 / 8
Ashley Phillips was one of 33 runners taking part in the Gobble Wobble 5K run Thanksgiving Day at Arvig Park. Proceeds went to the Giving Tree. (Kim Brasel /FOCUS).2 / 8
The City of Perham float took honorable mention in the 17th annual holiday lights parade. (Kim Brasel /FOCUS).3 / 8
The Perham FFA Holiday Lights float took third place in the Perham Holiday Lights this year. (Kim Brasel / FOCUS).4 / 8
Joe Reed (left), Cooper Brasel (middle) and Mike Brasel enjoy great running weather Thanksgiving morning during the Gobble Wobble 5K run sponsored by United Community Bank. Proceeds went to the Giving Tree. (Kim Brasel /FOCUS).5 / 8
The third annual Gobble Wobble 5K run had 33 participants this year, with $42 Mark Shipman taking first place. (Kim Brasel /FOCUS).6 / 8
Volunteers at Northwoods Life Church in Perham served close to 300 meals Thanksgiving day to community members. (Kim Brasel /FOCUS).7 / 8
This year was the 17th annual Perham Holiday Lights Parade sponsored by the Lions Club. (Kim Brasel /FOCUS).8 / 8

The Holiday weekend in Perham had plenty of things going on to keep folks busy, from 5K runs to community meals, parades and shopping. There was a little something for everyone.

Those looking to kick things off on healthy note headed out to the third annual Gobble Wobble 5K run benefiting the Giving Tree program and hosted by United Community Bank.

Thirty-three runners hit the bike path trail that loops around Arvig park, many decided to start their Thanksgiving day with the run to do something good for a worthy cause and make room for what they planned to eat later in the day.

"I ran this the first year, last year it was cancelled because of the ice storm and I'm here this year," said John Lengyel. "I enjoy running in local 5Ks that are for charity."

This was the 19th year Northwoods Life Church has served the community meal at their church. Pastor Jason Erickson said he and the staff were grateful to the Brew, which donated and cooked 16, 20 pound turkeys for the meal. Last year they served 288 meals, this year that number increased to 342.

Stores were open early on Black Friday and Small Business Saturday. Denise Schornack, owner of Nadine's in Perham, said she opened up at 7 a.m. on Friday but that folks didn't really start coming in until around 8 a.m.

"I had my sales going all day, so people didn't need to be here real early to get the good deals, they could sleep in," she said. "Friday is usually a very good day for me, better than Saturday."

Schornack said she didn't just get locals, she had customers from the Fargo-Moorhead area who said they like the atmosphere of shopping in the small town over the bigger city.

She said by noon her sales were up from last year, and something her store does that she feels draws customers in, free gift wrapping.

"Makes it nice and easy, just take it home and put it right under the tree," Schornack says with a smile.

And of course one of the big events of the weekend was the Lions Holiday Lights parade Friday night. Twenty two floats lit up main street, with Central Market taking first place in the judging, Perham Family Dentistry, coming in second and Perham FFA, taking third. The city of Perham earned honorable mention.