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Licking Christmas Present...

                                                                                                                                    Photo by Christy Porter
The Wildcat Early Learning Center flew down Main Street in their first place non-religious float, a Radio Flyer wagon full of passengers, gifts, toys, a snowman and more.
 
                                                                                                                                 Photo by Shari Harris
New Life Freewill Baptist Church won first place in the religious category for their Saturday Night LIFE Get the FEVER float, which presented a mixture of old and new, with D.J. “D”, Santa and Mrs. Claus, and a Christmas tree.
Photos by Christy Porter
Photos by Christy Porter
Brent Ramsey (on left) and Kendra Clinton (on right), both from Success, were the fortunate recipients of brightly colored bicycles from Santa. 

               They both happily rode them from Santa’s Toy Give-Away on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Photos by Christy Porter and Shari Harris


                                                                                                                                        Photos by Shari Harris
The Licking Business Window Decorating Contest winner was Woody’s Flowers & Gifts (above). Second place went to TJ’s Flowers & Gifts and the Texas County Museum of Art & History took third. Also participating were Blessed Creations (below), a new business that has opened in Sullins Gun & Pawn’s previous location and The Licking News. Many thanks to the gracious out-of-town judges, Sue Hubbs of Cornerstone Chiropractic in Salem, John Fluhrer, Superintendent of Phelps County R-III School in Edgar Springs and Rep. Karla Eslinger, Missouri District 155, candidate for Missouri Senate District 33 in 2020.
                                                                                                                                      Photo by Christy Porter
Jacey Wallace was Christmas shopping with her mother, Mickie Chapman, at the Christmas Bazaar held Saturday at the VFW. She found her treasure at Shirley’s Toy Box booth. There were gift ideas for all ages and interests at the numerous booths, with cheerful service and some craftsmen personalizing gifts and working on one-of-a-kind items.

Photos by Christy Porter

                                                                                                                                     Photo by Shari Harris
Children told Mrs. Claus their Christmas wishes inside the mill after caroling and the lighting ceremony Saturday.
Photos by Shari Harris
After singing a few Christmas carols, the mill lit up in all its glory. Cocoa and cookies were served and Mrs. Claus visited with children inside the mill afterward.








                                                                                                                                     Photo by Shari Harris
Second place Non-religious by Agri Enterprises showcased old and new business products enclosing a nostalgic Nativity scene and more present Christmas tree scene.

                                                                                                                                      Photo by Christy Porter
Placing second in the Religious competition is this float by Boone Creek Baptist Church, “His presence to our presents, God’s love reigns.”


Photos by Shari Harris

                                                                  Photo by Christy Porter
Santa was ready for the kids Saturday morning, 
with his helper, Elf Gracie, standing by.
                                                                                                                                    Photo by Shari Harris
The pure delight expressed by this youngster when receiving a gift from Santa is the Christmas joy we all hope for.
                                                                                      Photo by Christy Porter
Tyler Smith brought his Elf on the Shelf when coming to visit with Santa at the VFW. Buddy the Elf is enclosed because Tyler did not want him to lose his magic while participating in the all day festivities.

                                                                                                                                    Photo by Christy Porter
Fascinated children stopped by The Licking News to see the train chugging through the Christmas village.

                                                                                                                                       Photo by Shari Harris
The students at Sonshine & Rainbow Day School had a special visitor Thursday, Dec. 5. Mrs. Claus helped children with Christmas cookie decorating. Teachers Mary Hunt (behind Mrs. Claus), Dot Pursifull (top right) and Betty Quick (right) are quick to assist with the project.
                                                   Photo by Christy Porter
Friends of the Texas County Museum of Art & History were very generous in their donations of delicious baked goods for the Cookies-Buy-The-Pound sale. There were so many wonderful selections, it was difficult for the many participants to make a decision.
                                                              Photo by Christy Porter
Very happy with their selections are Sophia Vojvodich, “Boo…and I Mean It” and Edward Vojvodich, “God Made You Special.” Friends of the Licking Library held their annual free book give-away at the Texas County Museum of Art & History. They were also running a special at the Book Nook in the back room.


                                                                                                                                      Photo by Christy Porter
Betsy Crites, daughter of the new directors, Gary and Jackie Duncan, was helping at the Current River Artist Market. Saturday was the museum’s final 2019 shopping opportunity for handmade items by local artisans.


Photos by Christy Porter

                                                                                                                         Photo by Shari Harris

The Texas County Museum of Art & History Christmas window won third place Saturday.
                                                                                                                                     Photo by Christy Porter

Winter and John Fluhrer, Karla Eslinger and Sue and Junior Hubbs inspected each window carefully during the judging.

                                                                                                                                   Photo by Christy Porter
A rousing good time was had by the many who attended the Senior Center Christmas Party on Saturday. Great fellowship, laughter, treats, games and gifts were shared in the holiday spirit.
                                                                   Photo by Christy Porter
The World Travel Club had a table of wares for sale on Main Street. 
They are raising monies for a trip to Australia in 2021.


                                                                                                                                     Photo by Shari Harris

The Cub Scouts Pack 90 had a stand near the United Methodist Church Saturday. The newly formed pack meets the first and third Mondays in the LUMC Fellowship Hall basement.
                                                                              Photo by Shari Harris
Licking’s Superintendent of Utilities Larry Ogden put some 
finishing touches on the city’s decorations last week.

                               Photo by Shari Harris
Mrs. Suzie Blackburn slowed down long enough 
for a quick photo with Santa.
                                                                                                                                Photo by Christy Porter
Licking Christian Church showed Christmas past and present with their third place entry in the religious category of the parade.
                                                                                                                                   Photo by Shari Harris
The Bisker family entry won third place in the non-religious category of the parade with this Rudolph truck.

Photos by Elijah Hamilton and Kevin Wesley









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