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July’s a huge month at the Shell Factory
July 5, 2019

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Santa's work is never done.

The Jolly old man in the red suit will be making his return to the Shell Factory & Nature Park as the highlight to its annual Christmas in July event.

This is the 10th year the Shell Factory has held this month-long event. Every year, it has gotten bigger and bigger, with more opportunities to save big.

This year, though, there is a twist.

Not only will Santa be taking early Christmas requests from the kids, but he will be the star attraction for the first pancake breakfast with Santa on Saturday, July 13, at 9 a.m. Reservations are required.

"We have people already making reservations. It's going to be huge. Santa wanted to know if the kids wanted to do something with him. We decided on the breakfast," said Shell Factory General Manager Anne Sheridan.

Santa will also be at the Christmas House following breakfast and on Sunday as well from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Christmas fans will be able to take 20 percent off all collectibles (unless otherwise marked) from Department 56, Elf on a Shelf, Fontanini, Foundations Angles, Jim Shore, Kurt Adler, Painted Ponies, Possible Dreams Santa, Snowbabies, and Willow Tree.

Also, at the end of the month will be the 12 Days of Christmas giveaway in the Christmas House, with the winners getting some fabulous gifts.

"We have so many people calling to check if we're still having 20 percent off. People are picking out what they want, so we expect a very big one," Sheridan said.

Also, throughout the month of July, The Shell Factory will celebrate the milestone at the nature park with a variety of activities.

The Nature Park will celebrate its 15th year of being an animal rescue with some special events, including free admission to the park.

The Nature Park will offer free admission to all visitors on July 13 and 14 and July 20 and 21. The venue will offer a schedule of events for each day beginning at 10:30 a.m. (park opens at 10 a.m.). There will be daily birthday parties for the animals and opportunities to create enrichment items for the animals, and one lucky person will have a chance to win a free field trip for their class to visit the Nature Park (drawing held on July 31).

Other events happening throughout the month include raffles, a silent auction and an animal sponsorship program, all benefitting The Nature Park Environmental Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Through the foundation, the Nature Park is able to provide a permanent home, nutritious meals and veterinary care for the animals. The foundation also funds the transportation for the field trip program with Lee County Public Schools, allowing classes to visit and enjoy an environmental learning experience.

"We are honored to be celebrating this wonderful milestone and are very grateful for the community's support over the years," said Pam Cronin, owner of the Shell Factory, in a statement.

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