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Salvation Army to host Santa Pub Crawl in downtown Turlock
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Friends gather round and show their Christmas spirit at a past Salvation Army Pub Crawl event in downtown Turlock. This years annual Santa Pub Crawl is from noon to 5 p.m. on Dec. 19. - photo by Photo Contributed

Join the Christmas fun in downtown Turlock for the fifth annual Santa Pub Crawl hosted by the Turlock Salvation Army on Dec. 19.


Wearing your favorite Santa gear is highly recommended and the participating bars will match the fun as free appetizers will be provided at every stop thanks to the local businesses involved.


Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to the Turlock Salvations Army.


Kristin Bettencourt, advisory board member for the Turlock Salvation Army, has helped organize this event since the first year they had it in 2011.


“It has evolved and grown so much,” she said. “Everyone just has a great time… People get dressed up in the Christmas spirit, and it’s just good for downtown as well.”


The event is from noon to 5 p.m. and begins at Red Brick where everyone will check in, and will continue to the participating bars: The Udder Place, Center Street Grill, Staley’s and Jura’s.


“People get to eat at local restaurants and may even pick up a couple Christmas gifts in the shops along the way--it’s great for the community,” said Bettencourt. “It draws a unique crowd of people and everyone just enjoys being together.”


The purchase of a $25 ticket gets a reveler into every participating bar with free appetizers and in return the crawlers are asked to buy one drink at each stop — alcoholic or nonalcoholic.


“It’s a win-win for everyone involved,” said Bettencourt. “The people that participate, the bars participate and the Salvation Army benefits.”


There will also be a photo booth set up at Red Brick during check-in time, but Bettencourt advises that’s not the only reason you should check in with your friends.


“We’re going to put people in groups of about 60 to 75 people, so be sure to check in with the people you want to spend time with,” she said.


Each group will have a volunteer leader that will keep them on track, as each group is allotted 45 minutes at each establishment.


“There will be prizes along the way, whether it's the most spirited, most festive or whoever looks like they’re having the best time,” said Bettencourt.


Tickets are available at The Udder Place, Jura's or contact Bettencourt at 815-3731.