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Christmas in Columbia is Saturday, 2 December 2017

By Linda Waggener

The annual Chamber of Commerce Christmas in Columbia celebration happens this Saturday, December 2, 2017. The theme is "A Bluegrass Christmas" and the full day of activities has come to be a major event in Adair County.

Events kick off at 6:30amCT with the Edgar Troutman Memorial Rotary Breakfast at the Columbia Baptist Church until to 9:30amCT. There is a $5 per person charge.

The historic Adair County Courthouse opens for the Adair Heritage Association Christmas Arts and Crafts sale at 9amCt and goes through lunchtime until 2pmCT. There will be light food and drink available for a donation for those who want to keep shopping.

Santa arrives at 1:30pmCT during the Children's Christmas Carnival which opens at 1pmCT at the Lindsey Wilson College Holloway Health and Wellness Center, 299 Williams Street, Columbia. It offers arts & crafts, children's crafts and cookie decorating, Christmas stories, Inflatables, and many other children's activities.

Lineup for the parade begins at 4:30pmCT. Each parade entry will stop as they enter Columbia's original industrial park off Hwy 55 South, to be assigned a number and directed into one of two separate designated parking areas. Judging of floats will begin at 4:45pmCT.

For details on entering, line-up and parade judging times, call Kathy at the Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce 270-384-6020. All must be registered in advance by the deadline Thursday November 30, 2017. There's no fee to enter.

To secure a booth for children's activities at the Wellness Center call Abe at LWC 270-384-7381.

The Christmas in Columbia Parade begins at 6:00pmCT led by Grand Marshal Sue Cravens Stivers who is retiring this year from her position as Chamber Executive Director. The lead parade vehicle will make a stop on the square at 6:15pmCT for the official Lighting of the big Christmas Tree by the fountain provided and decorated by the Columbia Christian Church. With this day of activity, the Christmas in Columbia season truly begins.

The event is provided by the Columbia Adair County Chamber of Commerce and by Lindsey Wilson College plus many sponsors, underwriters and promotional assists from the community.

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Work nearing completion as Christmas decorations go up

2017-11-28 - 500 Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Work is nearing completion by Colonial Restoration on the chimneys on the historic Adair County Courthouse. Christmas decorations are up and preparations are being made for the tradition of Christmas in Columbia this Saturday, 2 December 2017.

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Spreading Christmas cheer through decorations

2017-11-30 - Public Square, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener,
Bank of Columbia staff members Teresa Rowe, left, teller, and Linda Bennett, at right, bookkeeper, hang a new wreath on the front door of the main bank on the square. Teresa said that Linda is the creator of all the decorations, and she also made the Christmas Card on the corner. A mystery gift was left at the back of the bank's Christmas Card, when closely examined it was a gift for anyone who passed by needing a warm scarf. In addition to the scarves, the clear plastic bag contained a note that said, "if you need one, take one." All around the square preparations are being made for the annual Christmas in Columbia celebration tomorrow, Dec. 2, 2017. It starts with the Rotary breakfast at the Columbia Baptist Church, goes into the historic courthouse for booths and foods, then to Santa's arrival at LWC and finally back downtown for the parade and lighting of the Christmas tree. Clicking 'read more' takes you to more details of scheduled events. -- LW

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