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On Centre: Bald Eagle Area | Milesburg set to welcome season with Home Town Christmas

Better not pout, Milesburg residents, when the turkey is all gone.

You know who’s coming to town.

The third Milesburg Home Town Christmas is set to spread Yuletide cheer throughout the borough from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

New this year, a Christmas tree on the property of Joe Krish will greet revelers. What’s the big deal, you say? The tree is. As high as the nearby Presbyterian church, the 49-year-old conifer will be illuminated with lights bought with donations from the Milesburg American Legion Post 893.

The borough recently first turned on the lights as Krish, his daughter, son and daughter-in-law looked on and Borough Council members sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”

Festival organizers have a merry time planned for all.

Potential gifts will abound. The Bald Eagle Area High School Fall Craft Fair, part of the festival down the road in Wingate, will offer more than 100 vendors throughout the school. Sales benefit the student government and the Spanish Club.

In town, the Milesburg Community Center and the Eagle Valley Personal Care Home also will hold craft fairs. “Two Old Tyme Friends,” a combination open house and craft fair, will take place at 116 Turnpike St.

Fresh-cut trees can be found at Fisher’s Market, and wreaths will be for sale all along Turnpike.

Several local businesses, among them Etters Country Crafts and More, Conklin’s Gun Shop, Shear Science, Miller’s Hoagies, plan to get into the holiday mood with door prizes and snacks. They’ll also gladly accept donations for local food banks.

Over at the Citizen’s Hook and Ladder Company station house, they’ll have unlimited free looks at the fire engine on display.

And let’s not forget the man of the hour, who’s taking a break from sorting out the naughty and the nice and traveling all the way from the North Pole to roam the streets with the BEA brass band and the Red Hat Singers carolers. The Stover’s Tea Room bar is helping cover his trip expenses.

Parking will be available at the community center and at the Milesburg Chiropractic Clinic, both on Turnpike. Visitors can pick up festival maps at the BEA craft fair, the Milesburg post office and participating businesses.