As others are fixing turkey sandwiches and settling down for football games, Milesburg residents and visitors once again will celebrate an early Christmas.
On tap from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday is the annual Milesburg Hometown Christmas, a community festival to usher in the holiday season.
It actually started Nov. 23 with the borough’s second Christmas tree lighting. A crowd of 28 people gathered to mark the occasion, compared with five last year.
“We sang like 20 Christmas carols,” said borough resident Sandy Dieterle, a festival organizer and vendor. “It was wonderful. That made me so happy that it went well.”
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Dieterle will bring back primitive crafts at her home at 116 Turnpike St. But new this year, the Milesburg United Methodist Church will hold a children’s craft show with plenty of holiday decorations and gift possibilities.
During the festival, the church also will have regular crafts. From 9-11 a.m., vendors will offer a 10 percent discount.
Another addition is the Citizen’s Hook and Ladder Fire Company’s open house, complete with refreshments.
“Which they’ve never done,” Dieterle said. “So that’s a really big deal for us.”
Slate paintings and other craft items will be sold at the Two Sisters Crafts house show on Front Street and at various locations around town, including the Milesburg Community Center, the Eagle Valley Personal Care Home and Bald Eagle Area High School.
Conklin’s Gun Shop, Etters Country and More and Miller’s Hoagies are offering specials and door prizes. At Fisher’s Market, fresh Christmas trees will be available as well as hot coffee, and every vendor in town will have free festival maps pointing out craft shows and other attractions.
And what would a Yuletide celebration be without a visit from Santa? Thanks to a little help from the Stover’s Tea Room bar and restaurant, the right jolly old elf himself is expected to make an appearance to hear Christmas wishes and spread holiday cheer.
“Candy canes for everybody,” Dieterle said.
With less than a week until St. Nick shows up, Milesburg is already in the Christmas spirit, preparing to share another magical day.
“It gives our town something to look forward to,” Dieterle said.