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Popular festival returns to Thomasville

December 13, 2007

Thomasville-- Hours before Victorian Christmas starts, traffic is already picking up on the sidewalks of downtown Thomasville as people get ready for one of the towns favorite festivals.  "We have all of the traditional events, sleigh rides, marshamallow toasting and local tallent up and down Broad Street," says Karen Smith, director of Thomasville's Mainstreet.

This year they'll add some new touches like a Victorian Village with vendors to transport you to a different time.  "As an event ages you look for things to try to keep it exciting and we thought a victorian village would be the perfect thing," says Smith.

"Part of the charm of the festival is dressing up in victorian styles.  You can either wear you're own costume or the mainstreet office still has some to rent.  It really adds to the fun of the event.  "People come by, they love to have their pictures made with us," explains Smith.

And just in time for the event, a sneak preview of the much anticipated Mitchell House condos and lofts that have been under construction on broad street.  "People have been waiting a long time to see whats going on in this buidling, we've just removed the scaffolding in the last day or two,"  explains Sharlene Celaya, the listing agent for the Mitchell House condos.  Developer Trent McNaulo adds, "We've kind of named it unwrapping the Mitchell House for Victorian Christmas."   Festival goers can pop into a model condo crews were busy putting the finishing touches on this morning. 

"It has a big economic impact too. Hotels have been full for several months now.  The RV parks are full," says Smith.  And while the weather may not remind you of Christmas, it will be a perfect evening for a stroll down historic Broad street.

Organizers expect about 10 to 15 thousand people at the festival each night.  Activities get underway Thursday night at 6 o'clock.


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