|Festivities will include music, dancing and photos with Santa|
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The streets in Downtown Rocky Mount will be full of activity Friday evening during the annual “Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas” event. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
The annual "Come Home to a Franklin County Christmas" is set for Friday, Dec. 7 in Downtown Rocky Mount.
To open the festival, Debra Weir with Franklin County Commerce & Leisure Services is organizing the Biggest Little Parade, starting at 5:30 p.m. from the post office area up Franklin Street to Diamond Avenue.
Events, all of which are free, include various musicians and musical groups, dancers, live glassblowing at The Grainery, yarn weaving, art displays, horse and buggy rides, and Cable 12 videos of past Christmas events.
Marcia Cramblitt and the staff of Franklin County Parks & Recreation developed a special program for children, called Jamming Along the Crooked Road. Held at the visitors center (the old depot), children can make, decorate and play various musical instruments.
They can also enjoy face painting.
Pictures with Santa by Studio Belle Visage will be available, as well as various craft and food vendors.
In recognition of Dec. 7 as the National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, a special program will be held as a finale to the festival.
The Gospel Truth Quartet and the Sons of Confederate Veterans will be at the farmers' market at 8:30 p.m. to salute our military. All veterans are encouraged to come out to be recognized.
Carolyn Johnson with the Community Partnership for Revitalization (CPR), event organizers, said sponsors of the festival include the Town of Rocky Mount, Franklin County Commerce & Leisure Services, Lowe's, Carter Bank & Trust, The Crooked Stitch, Franklin County Parks & Recreation, Studio Belle Visage, Haywood's Jewelers, Franklin Glass and Center Stage Catering.