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Corydon readies for annual Light Up event

Corydon readies for annual Light Up event
Corydon readies for annual Light Up event
Barbara Best, left, and Leah Porter hang garland Saturday morning on the Corydon Town Square in preparation of the annual Light Up Corydon. Volunteers, included those with Umuganda Corydon, helped decorate the downtown, while the Corydon Central Vanguard strung lights on the town square, prior to Saturday's Light Up event. Photo by Jo Ann Spieth-Saylor

The annual Light Up Corydon event will take place Saturday with activities for all ages throughout the day.
Festivities will begin at noon with the start of the merchant open house, free carriage rides on the town square, holiday window display voting (ends at 4 p.m.) and free gift wrapping (from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) in the Emporium by Girl Scouts.
At 1 p.m., Christmas crafts will begin at the Harrison County Public Library. The program will run until 4 p.m.
Festive food booths will be on and around the square from 1 to 6 p.m.
Attendees can sign up to win the ‘Kringle Jingle Kash’ prize of $96.90 from WKLO 96.9 from 2 to 4 p.m. The drawing will take place at 4.
Also at 4, registration for a shopping spree drawing will begin at a booth near the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand. Entrants are encouraged to donate a canned food item to benefit Harrison County Community Services.
The Harrison County Extension Homemakers Cookie Walk will start at 4 at a tent on the square and continue until the treats are gone.
Entertainment on the bandstand will commence at 4 with a community Christmas carol sing-a-long by the Corydon United Methodist Church. At 5, the Corydon Central High School Advanced Choir and Jazz Band will take the stage followed by Sara Wilson.
Costumed characters, including The Grinch, will start rolling into town between 4:30 and 7:30.
At 5, the Master Gardeners will announce the winner of the planter decorating contest and Nashville artist Paul Wayne Pierce will perform at the Wright Interpretive Center (he’ll also perform at 7:30 p.m.).
Pierce is a contemporary country artist. Tickets are free, but seating is limited. Reservations can be made online at www.cordyoncapitol.com.
For more information about Pierce, visit Paul Wayne Pierce on Facebook.
From 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., the Corydon Dulcimer Society will perform at the Emporium and a live nativity scene will be available for viewing inside the Corydon United Methodist Church.
A live reading of ”Twas the Night Before Christmas’ will take place at 6:15 on the bandstand. Directly after that, The Who and The Grinch will entertain the crowd until Santa Claus arrives to light up the square at 6:45. There also will be a bicentennial candle lighting and song at 6:40, just before the lighting of the square.
The shopping spree drawing will take place at 6:50, followed by an ugly sweater contest at 7 p.m.
From 5 to 8 p.m., Red, White & Blush (117 W. Walnut St.) will have a wine-tasting.
And finally, from 7 to 9, guests can have their picture taken with Santa at the First State Capitol Building.
Santa will be back in Corydon on three Saturdays, Dec. 3, 10 and 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the state capitol building (bring your own camera).
For more information about Light Up Corydon, call Main Street Corydon at 812-738-0120.

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