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Christmas in Cumming begins Friday

Annual show features crafts, vendors

POSTED: December 6, 2012 12:32 a.m.
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Mary Campbell sells homemade miniature decorative trees during last year’s Christmas in Cumming at the Cumming Fairgrounds.

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Looking for a unique gift this holiday season?

Christmas in Cumming may have exactly what you’re seeking.

Now in its 17th year, the event at the Cumming Fairgrounds will run from 4 to 10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.

Fairgrounds director Dave Horton said the holiday gathering features numerous arts and craft vendors, as well as other Christmas activities.

“It’s an arts and crafts show, and items have to be handmade so there’s always a good variety of items there,” he said. “It’s a great place to find your last-minute Christmas gift for somebody or just little knick knacks to put in the stockings.”

But it’s about more than just shopping.

“We also have hayrides on Friday night down through the lights,” Horton said. “And usually there’s some elementary school choirs and a fire pit so you can make s’mores and have hot chocolate and all.”

Bill Watson, one of the event organizers, said this year’s choir lineup includes performances from Brookwood, Midway and Vickery Creek elementary schools.

Free photos with Santa will also be available from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday and noon to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Vendors will be housed inside the fairgrounds’ “big red barn.”

“In the barn sounds kind of odd maybe, but we put carpet in the aisles and it’s a cozy, neat atmosphere,” Watson said.

He noted that this year’s event will feature about 100 vendors, the most in its history.

“They’re from all over the Southeast,” he said. “There’ll be some neat things. Like we have a guy that takes metal shovels and makes birds and things out of them.”

Horton said the event is popular.

“We usually have a very good crowd and it’s a loyal crowd, I’d say,” he said. “There’s a lot of repeat shoppers … it’s pretty well-established and people look forward to it.”

Added Watson: “It’s a fun time, it’s for the whole family and everyone should come out.”

 

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