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Old Frontier sets up special display

To experience a frontier-style Christmas with a contemporary flair, the Old Frontier Christian Camp has a small walk-through light display.

"Just like every other idea, the Lord just inspired us to do it," said Chris Smith, the chairman of the Board of Directors of the camp. "Here's another opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ."

The exhibit begins with a nativity scene complete with live animals.

Mr. Smith said the donkey was donated to the camp just a couple of weeks ago, and is a Bethlehem donkey, because of the markings of a cross on its back and front legs. Visitors may pet the donkey as well as the many sheep at the nativity scene.

After the nativity scene is the light display featuring metal sculptures entwined with Christmas lights.

Visitors follow a path under large lighted arches past a sculpted winter village, and find themselves in a huge sculpted garden area.

The garden features tall, colorful flowers and a giant watering can, out of which flows a stream of blue lights.

On the other side of the path is Noah's ark, complete with pairs of animals making their way to the ramp.

Mr. Smith said the ark is 20-ft. long, and the giraffes, elephants, horses and cows in the parade span another 75 to 80 ft.

Other "just for fun" sculptures include an airplane and hot air balloon.

Although the tour through the lights won't take very long, children young and old alike will enjoy the inflatable moon walk, a hayride through the camp, and standing by the bonfire toasting marshmallows and drinking hot chocolate.

Mr. Smith said admission, activities, and concessions are free. A donation box is available for those wishing to make a love offering.

The Old Frontier Camp is located on Old Milledgeville Road off of Wrens Highway, and will be open from 6-10 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday through Dec. 30.

Web posted on Thursday, November 30, 2006

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