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HIGH SPRINGS – Residents flocked to downtown High Springs Friday, Nov. 16, to participate in several seasonal events.

At 2 p.m., the New Century Woman’s Club’s opened its doors for their two-day Holiday Expo. Visitor attendance was steady on Friday and 13 people, who had earlier bought raffle tickets, received huge gift baskets, each with its own theme such as gardening and cooking. Proceeds from the raffle will be used for various community service programs sponsored by the Woman’s Club each year.

The Holiday Expo continued until dusk on Friday, at which time club members closed their doors to head to the Tree Lighting event on Railroad Avenue.

Adding to the cheerful atmosphere generated by the official lighting of the Christmas tree on Railroad Avenue, downtown shops kept their doors open later than usual as part of the festivities. The Merchants’ Open House attracted visitors before and after the tree lighting, who might want to shop for themselves or friends and neighbors.

The newly planted tree, which was surrounded by Charlie Brown characters provided by Ceilah’s Treasure Trove on 1st Avenue, was lit at dusk by Vice-Mayor Bob Barnas.

Face painting, musical entertainment, singing, balloons and children’s visits with Santa Clause were all part of the evening’s lineup of activities.

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