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Christmas in July

Photo by Shari Harris
Start your Christmas shopping and celebrating early with Christmas in July at the Licking Mill.

By Shari Harris

The Licking Milling Society is hosting a Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 27. It will be a day full of activities, beginning at 9 a.m. and lasting well into the evening.
A vendor and craft show runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and offers opportunities to extend your Christmas shopping season by four months. Wares tentatively will include: ceramics, jewelry, wood crafts, crochet items, RADA knives, signs, mason jars, wine bottles, flower arrangements, wood and barbed wire crafts, string art, metal art, wood burning items, homemade soaps, antiques, handmade crafts, Christmas items, and much more. Food items will include kettle corn, pork rinds, root beer, water, soda and baked goods. Vendors have until Friday, July 19th, to register their booth, by coming in to complete a registration form at TJ’s Flowers and Gifts.
The fire department will be selling their 911 reflective address signs, and United Country Real Estate will have a booth set up.
Activities that day will include storytelling, with special guest Rick Mansfield sharing his historical characters and stories. Old-fashioned games will be available for the kids. The mill will be open with tours and quilts will be shown on the second floor. The third floor will host a Christmas tree decorating contest.
At 5 p.m., a live auction of donated items takes place, with Rick Mansfield calling out the bids. Vendors donated auction items to pay for the price of a booth.
Don’t head for home yet! The second Movie at the Mill is slated for the evening. Befitting the Christmas theme, “It’s a Wonderful Life” will be shown at around 8:30 p.m. on the north wall of the mill. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy free popcorn and a movie with your neighbors or come and make new friends. All are welcome.
For more information contact: Licking Downtown at 573-674-2547. All proceeds go toward maintaining the Licking Milling Company Building.


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