Dec 022019

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The weather outside was frightful on Sunday, pretty much ruining Orange’s most treasured holiday tradition, the annual Holiday Festival.

A handful of visitors easily toured the Stone-Otis House and received personal attention from the docents. The wait in line to see Santa was about a minute long.

The Superintendent pulled the Amity Chamber Singers from the event and with no printed program to reference (No one seemed to have one), many families missed the bell choir at the church.

By the time I left with my family, the Christmas tree on the green was still dark.

I know that the event planners had everyone’s safety in mind and all the best intentions when the changes were made, but some have suggested a “messy weather” date be made in the future.

Lighted Tractor Parade

One group that works incredibly hard prior to the festival are the lighted tractor participants, it takes a lot to get those vehicles prepared to wow the crowd.

Even though the tractor parade was canceled on Sunday, those with tractors are determined to show them off anyway.

So, NEXT Sunday, Dec. 8, the decorated tractors will assemble at the Orange Fairgrounds at 4 p.m.

Anyone who would like to see the parade may watch as they parade around the track and then, according to Highway Department Crew Chief Donny Foyer, they may drive down the road, too.

Mark your calendars for Sunday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. The Holiday Festival continues with the Lighted Tractor Parade at High Plains 525 Orange Center Road.

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