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Tree-lighting ceremony, parade slated in Waynesboro

November 15, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

WAYNESBORO, Pa. - Santa Claus is coming to town - on Saturday.

He is a featured guest in Waynesboro's annual holiday parade, which steps off at 2 p.m.

The Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the parade, attempted to push it back to early December this year, but met scheduling conflicts and returned to the weekend selected in recent years.

"We have nearly 100 participants again this year," said Carlene Willhide, executive director of the Chamber.

Awards are given to amateur floats, majorettes/drum corps and walking units/professional floats.

"All of our bands receive $200 for participation," Willhide said.

Volunteer parade marshals will guide the Main Street activities from CV Avenue to Enterprise Avenue, Willhide said. A professional judging association will be used to determine winners, she said.

The Chamber this year has been working with nonprofit group Main Street Waynesboro Inc. to organize holiday events.

Main Street Waynesboro Inc. will host the tree lighting ceremony Saturday, Dec. 1, at 5:30 p.m.

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Carole Malin, manager of the organization, has asked the Waynesboro Borough Council for permission to restrict parking on part of Center Square for 12 evergreen trees.

"It's not going to be a Christmas tree, it's going to be a group of trees," Malin told the council on Nov. 7.

Three potted trees will be on each corner, she said.

The Wayneaires from Waynesboro Area Senior High School will be performing various Christmas music, according to a press release from Main Street Waynesboro Inc.

There also will be readings by the Rev. Clayton Moyer and John Shindledecker, the release stated.

The ceremony's schedule also includes vocals by local singer Kaleigh Smith, and Ladies of Song from St. Paul's AME Church.

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