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December 6, 2002

Valdosta - Employees at the Valdosta Home Depot scramble to put the last minute touches on their Winterfest parade entry.

"We're going to have the huge toolbox in the back, a Christmas tree, the moving hammer, and its just going to be huge," said Laurie Dolce, Home Depot Employee.

After countless hours of designing and building the perfect float, Home Depot says their creation will be the city's best.

"We've really put a lot of hard work into it this year and we want to win first place," said Dolce.

Across town, city employees are doing the same...putting final touches on the city's Christmas tree and gearing up for Valdosta's annual Winterfest celebration.

"We're going to have vendors set up all over the square, a parade with nearly 150 entries, entertainment, the shops will all be having sidewalk sales, and even a storyteller for the kids," said James Horton, Valdosta Mainstreet Director.

But it doesn't end there...this year the city's included an added feature.

"Our band will be playing at the street dance, we'll have a little rock, country, and even some Christmas tunes for everyone to enjoy," said Aaron Strickland, SR6 Band and Mainstreet Volunteer.

City officials say they've been preparing for the Christmas celebration all year long, and guarantee this year's Winterfest will be the biggest and best ever.

posted at 2:30 by ashley.harper@walb.com