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More than two dozen musical groups, and numerous open houses and special events will take place during the annual Hometown Holiday event to be held this Saturday.

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MOREHEAD – An estimated 4,500 persons are expected to attend the various Hometown Holiday events later this week.

Organized by Downtown Morehead, there are 36 events or happenings in or around the main section of town – starting tomorrow with the Community Christmas dinner between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and the Christmas parade on Friday at 6 p.m.

The theme for this year’s parade is “The Movies Of Christmas.”

The event has been a staple of the Morehead community since 2000, when the project was started by the predecessor to today’s Downtown Morehead, Inc.

And for the past eight years, Tony Pence has been organizing the festivities.

Pence said the event is larger this year thanks to more businesses having opened in the downtown area this year.

“It’s really a shopping event,” Pence said. “We do this to help support local businesses.”

Pence says the organization spends up to $7,300 in advertising and organizing events.

A tree lighting will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday at the Rowan County Arts Center on Main Street.

This year’s festivities will be capped by a free concert by the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra at the Morehead Conference Center. The concert will begin at 8 p.m.

The orchestra will play classics, such as Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, W.A. Mozart’s Sleigh Ride from “Three German Dances” and Ralph Vaughn William’s Fantasia on Greensleeves to name a few.

More information on these events and a whole lot more can be found on page B-6 of this week’s issue.

The 35th Annual Appalachian Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Community Center inside Laughlin Health Building, 100 University Blvd., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

Sponsored by the Kentucky Folk Art Center (KFAC) and Downtown Morehead Inc., the fair will have more than 100 juried vendors and will offer handcrafted jewelry, baskets, wood crafts, ceramics, brooms, chairs, homemade baked goods and much more. Tammy Stone, the administrative coordinator at KFAC, said the fair gives patrons a chance to find unique holiday gifts.  

“It’s an opportunity for customers to purchase original artisan handcrafted work directly from the artist or vendor,” Stone said.  

Admission to the fair is $3 for adults, free for children 12 and under. 

For more information, contact Stone at t.stone@moreheadstate.edu or call 783-2204.  

Cory Claxon can be reached at cclaxon@themoreheadnews.com or by telephone at (606) 784-4116.

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