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News Release 219

Contact: Steph Deidrick, 573-751-9392
                steph.deidrick@dnr.mo.gov

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Nov. 21, 2014 Volume 42-14-219 

Santa Claus is coming to Dillard Mill Dec. 13

Jefferson City, Mo. - Families are invited to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Dillard Mill State Historic Site near Davisville on Saturday, Dec. 13. Sponsored by Missouri State Parks, this event is free and will be held from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Santa Claus is gearing up for his Christmas deliveries and has contacted Dillard Mill to grind up his special oats for the reindeer. Everyone is invited to meet and greet this special arrival. During this time, Santa will be handing out ornaments and candy canes to children. Staff at the site will be serving hot chocolate and cookies. Guests are reminded to bring their camera for photo opportunities.

During this special event, formal tours will not be held. However, visitors will be able to walk through the first floor of the mill with staff available to answer questions. Dillard Mill is one of Missouri’s best-preserved examples of a water-powered gristmill. The mill, which has been restored to operational order, was built around 1900 and continued to grind grain until the 1960s.

Dillard Mill State Historic Site, located five miles west of Viburnum and one mile south of Dillard off of Highway 49 in Crawford County. For more information about the event, call the Dillard Mill State Historic Site at 573-244-3120. For more information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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