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The Grinch is coming to 'Whoburg' as Leechburg celebrates the holiday season

| Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, 6:51 p.m.
The Grinch will be a part of this year's 'Luminate Leechburg,' with a visit to the Twisted Thistle Restaurant.
Joyce Hanz | For the Tribune-Review
The Grinch will be a part of this year's 'Luminate Leechburg,' with a visit to the Twisted Thistle Restaurant.

Keep your eyes peeled for the Grinch in Leechburg as the borough presents a Dr. Seuss-themed “Whoburg” on Nov. 26.

Coinciding with Small Business Saturday, Luminate Leechburg encourages attendees to patronize local businesses and enjoy a festive day filled with family-friendly activities.

“Supporting the local community is important to me,” says Nikki Saxion, event organizer and owner of CoCo Coffeehouse on Market Street. “This event is so close to home and people like that.”

The event draws hundreds to the small borough, and more businesses are participating this year, Saxion says.

“This is our third year, and we want everyone supporting their local businesses and kicking off the holiday season too,” she says.

Dress the kiddos in their holiday attire and visit CoCo Coffeehouse from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for pictures with Santa.

A suggested $5 donation for a meet and greet with Santa (photo included) is the only activity that has a fee, with all proceeds benefiting the Leechburg Food Bank.

After Santa departs, a children's story hour will offer a reading of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas,” beginning at 2 p.m., also at CoCo's.

The movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas” will be screened at 3:30 p.m. at the Leechburg fire hall on Canal Street.

New this year is a Dr. Seuss-themed parade.

Participants of all ages are invited to register for the parade by calling 724-842-0255.

The parade route will begin at Canal Street and proceed down Market Street, with Market being closed to traffic from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. The parade is expected to last about 30 minutes.

“We encourage people to participate in our parade,” Saxion says. “Dress as a Dr. Seuss character or in holiday attire. We allow floats, walkers, cars, trucks and pets.”

A 14-foot-tall Norway spruce, donated by Gilpin resident Morey Scitticatt, will shine bright as carolers sing at the tree lighting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. at the VFW courtyard.

Jessie's Girls Dance Group from Hyde Park will perform at 4:15 p.m. in front of the town Christmas tree.

Several businesses will offer tasty treats. The Twisted Thistle Restaurant on Market Street will offer kettle korn outside all day. Nibble on cotton candy from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Gifted Garden, 21 Main St. S'mores will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at the Kiski Valley Assembly of God on Main Street.

Leechburg Mayor Shawn Lerch credits the entire community for the event's success each year.

“This is solely the work of residents, volunteers and business owners pulling together without a cent of tax dollars being used to show the love of a small town,” Lerch says.

“All decorations you see were purchased by residents, businesses and even some folks that just love our small town. Thank you to all for the beautiful illuminating Leechburg lights.”

Joyce Hanz is a Tribune-Review contributing writer.

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