2009-12-03 / Local & State

Chamber Kicks Off Holiday Season This Friday and Saturday

Urges community to buy local this Christmas

Daljcon employees dress the town for the holiday season with the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s lighted wreaths. Workers at the Mc- Connellsburg company volunteer their time and equipment every Thanksgiving weekend to hang the lights along Lincoln Way and Second Street. Others who helped with the annual project this year include the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Police, borough secretary Jack Fields, Allegheny Power, Brian Mellott, the Flower Basket and Gift Box, Randy Clever/Community Service Program and a Fulton County Football team representative.  Daljcon employees dress the town for the holiday season with the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s lighted wreaths. Workers at the Mc- Connellsburg company volunteer their time and equipment every Thanksgiving weekend to hang the lights along Lincoln Way and Second Street. Others who helped with the annual project this year include the Mc- Connellsburg Volunteer Fire Co. Police, borough secretary Jack Fields, Allegheny Power, Brian Mellott, the Flower Basket and Gift Box, Randy Clever/Community Service Program and a Fulton County Football team representative. STAFF REPORT

It’s that time of the year again!

Christmas lights and decorations are up downtown, and preparations for the big day have been set in motion in homes all over the county.

But, best of all, Santa Claus is on his way to town to help the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism usher in the yuletide at its annual “Christmas in Mc- Connellsburg” celebration this Friday and Saturday.

All the fun begins Friday at 4 p.m. in the Fulton Theatre and downtown McConnellsburg. Chamber officials say local vendors will take over the theatre, where they will offer items suitable for gift-giving, such as jewelry, gourmet food, crafts and candles. Outside the theatre, trees and wreaths for holiday decorating will be available for purchase. For those requiring sustenance while shopping, the chamber says there will be plenty of good food on hand.

Santa is expected at 6 p.m. on Friday and his helpers report that he’ll be sticking around till 8 p.m. so that the little ones can have their photo taken with him. The cost is $2.

McConnellsburg’s merchants have also decorated for the season and are planning to keep their shops open later than usual on Friday for Christmas shoppers.

“Christmas In McConnellsburg” activities end at 9 p.m. but begin again on Saturday when the theatre reopens from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for more holiday shopping.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the theatre, a kids’ make and take gingerbread house contest is scheduled. The contest is open to children ages 4 through 12 Judging will take place at 1 p.m., and organizers plan to display the winning entries at the Fulton County Library the following week. Kids must preregister to take part. (See Community Bulletin Board, Recreation, Gingerbread House Contest, page A10 for preregistration information.)

Uncle Clem and Jana Malot will also be at the theatre Saturday at 11 a.m. giving free horse-drawn wagon rides around town. The wagon rides will be offered until 1 p.m. weather permitting.

Christmas carols will be performed both days during “Christmas In McConnellsburg” by local churches.

This year’s “Christmas In Mc- Connellsburg” is sponsored by the chamber and F&M Trust Co., which urge the community to support its local economy and shop at home this Christmas season.

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