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Thank you Fast Lane Travel for supporting the 2017 Steubenville Nutcracker Village by adopting a nutcracker! There are over fifty new nutcrackers this year, all of which have been carved and assembled with such care that Santa Claus is going to have to raise his own manufacturing standards! The magic didn't happen overnight though. One of the initial motives of the Nutcracker Project was to include the community as a whole, so we went in search of elves from local schools, clubs, and establishments, who then designed and brought each nutcracker to life. After hours of meticulous painting, gallons of glitter, and a touch of Christmas Spirit, the latest additions to the nutcracker world are nearly ready for their big reveal!

Meanwhile, the 2015 & 2016 Nutcrackers have spent the off-season on summer retreat in a warehouse, collecting dust and counting down the days until they can once again shine in the twinkling lights of the Advent Market. During this time, numerous elves have dedicated their time and talents to repairing, repainting, and re-applying sparkle to each character, in preparation for opening night.

The overall goal of the Nutcracker Village is to rebuild downtown Steubenville and to form community. We want locals to see the possibility of Steubenville becoming a "destination" again. Our hope is that residents will stop disparaging the city and instead, start taking action to improve all aspects of the area. We saw it over the last two years, with nearly 25,000 visitors in 2016 alone, and are optimistic that the Nutcracker Village will continue to inspire people to be more open-minded about how the city can be successful again - we don't have to be a steel town to be a real town. Your patronage makes the creation and display of each unique character possible, and we are so thankful that you have given us this opportunity to give back to the community!

On that note, we are proud to present you with this certificate of your spectacular nutcracker and assure you that they cannot wait to meet you! Mark your calendars for opening night on November 21st, at Fort Steuben Park. Festivities begin at 4PM, and include a Nutcracker meet and greet, live music and dancing, fellowship over hot food and drink, and of course, the lighting of our 30-foot Christmas tree at 6PM! Gather your friends and family and come enjoy the magic of the Steubenville Nutcracker Village and Advent Market!

Have a Merry Christmas Season,
The Elves at Nelson's

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