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Soldiering in the season: Weekend celebration kicks off Christmas in McDuffie County

Thomson's weekend street party was a success with "great weather and great vendors," said Carolyn Gilbert, chamber of commerce director.

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Cam Swann stands watch as a Toy Soldier while other kids visit with Santa following Friday night's Christmas tree lighting.
Photo by Jason B. Smith
"All in all, it went well," she said.

The McDuffie County Garden Council enjoyed a brisk business selling home cooked food to visitors, with the grits with bacon and cheese proving quite popular, said President Debbie Howell.

"We have just done great. We have a lot of things to sell, and all proceeds will benefit the beautification of McDuffie County," she said as visitors snacked while browsing through wares offered by vendors.

Shopper Liza Marler found a variety of interesting items, including pottery, wooden bowls, jewelry, stained glass and more.

"We have a lot of unique things. It's a great day in Thomson, and a good chance to get out and see people," she said as she enjoyed the festival on a sunny Saturday.

Children and adults were out in force, including a group of 7-to-14 year old cheerleaders who are members of the Thomson Competitive Bulldogs team.

"I'm definitely excited about our routine," said 14-year old Lindsay Rogillio, a team member who couldn't wait to demonstrate a challenging presentation that included back handsprings and tucks.

"They love performing -- and they're good," said Laura Adams, director, who said the group wanted to practice their routine as a warm up for approaching competitions.

The city will be back next year to host another Christmas festival, Ms. Gilbert said. For those interested in helping next time, contact the Chamber at 597-1000.



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