PANAMA CITY BEACH — In its 30th year, the Junior League of Panama City’s annual Holly Fair is blessed, yet different, according to event chairperson Nikki Childree.


“We are still recovering from Hurricane Michael, so we lost some of our famous merchants because they just had to retire due to the storm,” she said. “But we have been blessed with some new ones.”


However, if you were not aware of the losses wrought by the storm, a few paces into the venue halls at Edgewater Beach Resort and Golf on Saturday and you would have been enveloped with the familiar things of the holiday season.


“It’s been one of those rebuilding years but it is amazing to see the rebirth of it — the community coming back together,” Childee said, noting last year’s event was canceled due to the storm. “It’s a sign that we’re going to make it back and rise to the top again.”


The three-day event, which kicked off Thursday and ends Sunday, is slated to bring in about $75,000 to be used to support the Junior League’s various programs. From committing 5,000 volunteer hours to providing $25,000 in scholarships to local teachers, the service organization has remained a constant positive force in Bay County for the past three decades.


“It is a program that supports a lot of other under served populations in Bay County,” Junior League President Elect Lauren Presser, who joined in 2010. “There’s just a lot of things we do that benefit our mission, which is to serve women and children.”


In the past three decades, the Holly Fair raised $3 million, all of which went directly to support Junior League’s programs, organizers said.


It’s that kind of community commitment that compelled do-it-yourself studio Board & Brush Creative Studio to join the Holly Fair as a vendor for the first time this year. The business celebrated its one-year anniversary on Oct. 10 — the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Michael.


Co-owners Courtney Dickerson and Heather Risinger said their collection and designing of fencing and downed trees, following Hurricane Michael, immediately took off on social media.


“It was so well-received, we started getting orders,” Dickerson said. “We love our story. A year ago, we would have never thought in our wildest dreams that we would be here.”


“It is such a great event and for such a good cause, for so many good causes. We’re honored to be a part of this.”


Tomorrow, children will get their share of the Holly Fair. Sundaes with Santa will be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Edgewater Beach Resort and Golf, 11212 Front Beach Road. During the event, children make ice cream sundaes, write wish lists and get pictures taken with Santa Claus. Tickets are $10 per child.


For more information, go to www.jlpanamacity.org.