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Have you watched A Christmas drinking straws Story yet this year? That’s an Indiana story, did you know? Little Ralphie was actually Jean Parker Shepherd, who grew up in Hammond, Indiana, in the 1920s and ’30s. (As a side note, as a teenager, I used to listen to “Shep” on WOR radio. What a storyteller he was!)


And so, with Ralphie in mind (and a mouth full of soap), we introduce our “Oh, Fudge!” Sweepstakes.Our F&B team spent a day with a Fudge Expert (yes, that really is a job title; pretty sweet, huh?) last month. They asked if we could post a non-binding poll here on the HoliBlog, listing seven new-to-us flavors so you can vote for your favorite.
At the same time, please enter our sweepstakes and maybe win a pair of one-day tickets for next Paper straw  year.
You must be at least 18 years old to enter this giveaway.
Employees of Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari (and our immediate family members) are not eligible to enter.
Use the widget, below, to enter daily. There are lots of options, so you can earn extra entries by voting in this poll, posting a comment here on our HoliBlog, tweeting about this sweepstakes, and visiting us on our Facebook page. The winners – chosen at random – will be emailed shortly after 11am CST on December 14.
For the “post a comment on the decorative pom poms blog” entry option, simply tell us about your favorite Christmas treat. (Our comments are moderated, so as long as the content is HoliFriendly, it will appear soon.)
By entering our sweepstakes, you agree to be added to our e-newsletter list. You may unsubscribe at any time by following the directions in your email.
Did you know you can subscribe to our HoliBlog so that you receive all of our posts (including contests) by email? If you’re using a desktop computer or tablet, look for the “Subscribe to Blog” sidebar at the top-right corner of this page. On a smartphone? Just scroll down a tiny bit more to find it.If you’re a regular HoliBlog reader you’ll recognize our new shop’s name as belonging to our longtime employee (and dear friend) Joe Hevron, who passed away in 2011 after working at the park since we opened in 1946.
That’s right. Joe began his career in 1946, our first Party favor season. (I’ve just learned he was our first popcorn popper.) That was back when we were called Santa Claus Land. Joe had just finished high school, and other than serving his country during the 1950s, he never left.
In May, members of Joe’s family gathered with us to honor him, share some sweet – and funny – stories, and cut a ribbon to officially dedicate Hevron’s Mercantile.
We used the traditional “big  scissors”; Leah and Lauren asked for help from a young Hevron family member.


For the ribbon, we substituted something Joe used a lot of during his long tenure with us – adding-printed straw paper. (He probably would have wanted us to gather up the scraps and use them. He was a practical fellow. Oh, and he also would have been mortified that we named a shop after him – but we all agreed that Joe would have been pleased to know that we cared for him so deeply.)Flipping through the cookbook is a charming trip back in time, as the recipes are peppered with narratives from several generations. Alongside ingredient lists for Pumpkin Pie, Prune Pie, Rhubarb Pie and even Vinegar Pie (!) are stories and photos from generations ago.
There are even Civil War-era recollections handed down. Joe’s home place was in Lincoln City – in fact some of the family’s property is now part of the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial.
As we planned our evening to honor Joe, we knew – since he loved his sweets! – we’d need to serve cake. It featured a photo of Joe as conductor on the Santa Claus Christmas ornaments  Land Railroad train (you may remember it as the Freedom Train) and his favorite phrase, “Oh, heavens!”
Joe’s descendants shared their family cookbook, “One hundred seventy-five years of Recipes and Reflections,” with us to make available in Hevron’s Mercantile and now, on the HoliShop. (We thought they were all gone, but found 10 more, so if you’d like one, please order idrinking straws soon.)

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