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Staff Photo by K.A. Wagoner: Ferrum Colleges Jack Tale Players engaged young members of the audience during a performance at the farmers market at Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas Friday night in Rocky Mount.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer

The eighth annual "Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas" event Friday night in Rocky Mount was the biggest ever, according to Barbara Chauncey with the Community Partnership for Revitalization.

In previous years, attendance was estimated at 3,500, but Friday's event was "by far the best attended since we started," Chauncey said.

The unseasonably warm temperatures Friday likely contributed to the record attendance.

The three food vendors at the holiday event sold out early, Chauncey said. And business at restaurants, both uptown and downtown, was steady all evening.

Local merchants were also pleased with the crowd, Chauncey said. Harold Ingram with Haywood's Jewelers on Franklin Street said sales were good Friday evening and carried over into Saturday and Monday.

Popular spots at Friday's event included the farmer's market with performances by The Jack Tale Players, Singing Panthers, cloggers and Aspen Black.

Another hot spot was The Grainery with glassblowing demonstrations, Chauncey said. And the dancers from Franchesca's School of Dance drew a big crowd at Franklin Auto Glass.

Chauncey said CPR was disappointed that there were no funds to provide the horse-and-carriage rides this year, but the group hopes to bring the popular rides back for next year's event.

Friday's holiday event was sponsored by CPR, Franklin County Commerce and Leisure Services and the Town of Rocky Mount.

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