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Festival off Main weekend is coming to McDuffie County

The fifth annual Festival Off Main in downtown Thomson will be spread throughout a four-day period, giving everyone a chance to participate.

Thomson Tree Lighting

The festival kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday when Santa arrives for a tree lighting ceremony in front of the Depot. Children from Thomson Elementary and Maxwell Elementary will sing after the tree lights up. Santa will stay inside the Depot and children may have their photo taken with him for $5. Santa's Christmas Shop will be in the Depot Annex where children can buy gifts for their parents and other family members.

Depot Dash

Although it will follow the same route as the past, the 2007 Depot Dash should be bigger this year, according to organizer Brad Adams. Mr. Adams said the Chamber of Commerce has joined up with the Thomson Family Y to put on the annual footrace.

"They are going to bring some of the resources and knowledge that they have used in the CSRA with the other runs that the Family Ys do," he said. "So we are hoping the participation will be larger based on their database."

Another change this year is the location of registration and the start and finish line. Mr. Adams said those who have not pre-registered, may do so at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 on Millege Street behind Abigail's On Main. T-shirts will be given to the first 100 who sign up. The race begins at 9 a.m. on Millege Street.

"We are keeping it all on the same side of Main Street so the runners have less traffic to fight," Mr. Adams said.

The 4K walk/run route will continue to the Thomson cemetery, wind through the Hickory Hill section and end back on Millege Street.

Trophies will be awarded to the top two over all, and the top two male and female in different age categories. For more information, or to register, call the Chamber at 706-597-1000.

Breakfast with Santa

Children can have breakfast with Santa at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1. In addition to breakfast, the children can enjoy a story read by Mrs. Clause, and can decorate a glass plate to take home and leave cookies for Santa on Christmas Eve. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased in advance, by calling the Chamber at 706-597-1000.

Festival Off Main

The festival begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, with hundreds of arts and crafts vendors, children's carnival rides, and entertainment by local talent. See next week's McDuffie Mirror for more information on the festival.

Tour of Homes

The McDuffie Tour of Homes will begin at 5:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, at Abigail's On Main in downtown Thomson.

There are seven homes on the tour: Dick and Erin Dozier, Charles and Bonnie Johnson, Jennifer and Preston Newton, Tony and Detra Pate, The Rock House, Jason and Miriam Smith and Bob and Cindy Wilson.

Tourists are to begin gathering on the porch at Abigail's on Main at 5 p.m., where refreshments and entertainment will be provided. Chauffeured transportation between homes will also be provided.

Tickets to the event are $25 and can be purchased anytime from the Thomson-McDuffie County Chamber of Commerce in the Depot, Abigail's On Main (Street) or Peacock Hill Gifts on Washington Road in Thomson.

Christmas Parade

The festival wraps up with a parade at 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 2 through downtown Thomson. The parade begins at Thomson Middle School and continues down Main Street, then will turn onto Hill Street to the IGA Shopping Center.

The Festival Off Main is sponsored by The Knox Foundation, the City of Thomson, Anthony Auto Sales, Cushman Paint and Body, Jefferson Energy, the Thomson-McDuffie County Tourism Board, Thomson Plastics, Watson and Knox and the Wilson Company. For more information, call the Chamber office at 706-597-1000.

Web posted on Thursday, November 22, 2007

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