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Christmas on the Square draws crafters, artists

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Christmas on the Square draws crafters, artists Betty Gallo McIntyre - Richmond Observer

ROCKINGHAM — It was a picture-perfect day downtown Saturday as folks began arriving for the 23rd annual Christmas on the Square. 

Vendors began setting up the night before and were ready for the festive crowd to arrive. 

The event takes place each year at Harrington Square on the first Saturday of December.

Among the nearly 90 vendors were a wide variety of unique crafters, food vendors, free vision checks, free fingerprinting, entertainment for the entire family and a Kids Zone. One booth displayed items created out of horseshoes and railroad spikes from John and Becky Nesbitt of Robbins. 

Arts Richmond was also filled with artists exhibiting and selling their works, with photographer Jimmy McDonald on-site offering Christmas photos. 

Among the artists exhibiting were David and Charlotte Avery from Polkton. The Averys had their original handmade woodwork for sale. Pat Franklin and Catherine Neal, both of Rockingham, displayed beautifully crafted pottery which was also for purchase. 

“I’ve been with the Arts Council for 10 years and meeting the people is my favorite part of it all,” said Sue Roth, gallery operator.

The scavenger hunt was a hot item for the Richmond County Photography Group. A list of 25 items was given to each member as they captured a photo pertaining to the items. Reggie Cason, who was participating in the hunt, has been a member of the RCPG since it began around eight years ago. The group is lead by McDonald. 

The Army National Guard had a tent set up among several large vehicles for the crowd to see. Fast Trax Mudbog also had monster trucks on site and Classic Cars and Bikes had vehicles on display. 

Along with the many items available for purchase, there were also opportunities to give. Richmond County Aging Services had a box set up to collect pet food for elderly pet owners. This will be an ongoing collection through the Meals on Wheels pet program. Toys for Tots also had a donation box collecting gifts for children. Santa greeted children throughout the event.

“Thank you to everyone that donated to Toys for Tots as well as the Aging Services pet drive,” said event coordinator Carolyn Ford. “A special thanks to Burger King for gifting over 350 children. I also want to thank Santa and every vendor that participated. I appreciate each one of you. The entertainment was great and the weather was perfect.”

Forms are available beginning in October of each year to request and reserve a vendor space. For more information contact Ford at 910-895-9088.

 

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