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Santa to ring in South Connellsville celebration

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By Nancy Henry
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, 12:01 a.m.
 

Santa and fireworks will ring in the holiday season in South Connellsville Saturday evening.

The annual celebration will begin at 6 p.m. when Santa arrives at the borough playground.

“Everyone will be able to get warm by the fire pits. S'mores kits, hot chocolate, coffee and hot dogs will be sold,” event organizer Karen Holbrook said. “There will be free horse-drawn wagon rides and Christmas music. Hot chocolate and refreshments will be sold.

“Kids who visit with Santa will receive a free treat and they can purchase their photo taken with Santa and one of his live reindeer,” she added.

This is the third year for this December celebration.

“It has grown each year and we hope it will continue to grow year after year,” Holbrook said.

“We have changed the categories for the light-up contest to allow more houses a chance to win,” she continued. “We are doing this by picking three Christmas songs and listing them on the ballots. We will ask the people that drive around and look at the homes to choose a home that reminds them the most of each song. For example, if we pick ‘Up On The Housetop,' we will ask the people who are voting to choose which house reminds them the most of that song.”

Three winners will be decided by ballot. Each winner will receive the same prize.

“We will pick three different songs next year. We feel this allows more homes a chance to win,” Holbrook said.

Residential light contest participants must pay $5 to register at the borough building by 3 p.m. Friday. Maps showing the addresses of each light contest participant will be distributed from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, also at the borough building. Everyone can then drive to see each entry and cast their ballots. Each ballot will be $1 per vote. Ballots can be purchased at the borough building. Winners will be announced and contacted on Monday.

The number of Chinese auction baskets is growing. They will be at the playground pavilion on Saturday during the event, where much of the activity will take place.

Tickets will be sold for the baskets. Also, $2 tickets will be sold for a chance to win a 50-inch plasma TV. The baskets and TV winners will be drawn at 8:30 p.m. Winners do not need to be present to win. The committee adds new activities to the celebration each year.

Jackson Hewitt Tax Service of Connellsville will be collecting coats for the needy at the pavilion, too. Everyone is urged to bring a new or gently used coat to donate.

At 9 p.m., fireworks will be presented.

All proceeds from the event will go to the playground improvement fund.

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