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Christmas in Our Hometown kick starts Christmas

By Marissa E. Lane, Staff Writer

Liberty got into the spirit of the season at Christmas in Our Hometown this past Sunday, Dec. 3.

The weather was perfect for all the day's outdoor festivities, including the Candy Cane Relay Race and Mrs. Claus' courthouse scavenger hunt. Santa Claus traded in his sleigh for the day, instead catching a ride with the Liberty Volunteer Fire Department. He spent the afternoon in the Templeton Cabin, listening to Christmas wishes from kids both big and small.

Midafternoon entertainment was provided by the Union County High School Choir and Spanish Club. From the stairs of the courthouse, the two groups serenaded those shopping at All Rusted Up, waiting for a ride in the Christmas Barrel Train or socializing around the square. Caroling continued at Liberty Church of Christ, where they were also serving hot chocolate and cookies.

As the day grew dark, the crowds gathered to eat cotton candy and watch the Lighted Christmas Parade roll down Union Street. Santa made a reappearance as he rode out of town atop the fire truck again. During the tree lighting ceremony, Union County Development Corporation Director Melissa Browning thanked all who participated in the day's festivities, and the fire department for helping to string the tree outside the courthouse with lights. The evening finished with two raffles: the VFW Ladies' Auxiliary raffled off two huge stockings filled with toys for children under 10 years old, and UCDC had a selection of gifts to be given away.