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Local downtown holiday celebration set for Friday
Santa to make an appearance at event
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In this December, 2014, file photo, Dino Mills and wife Karen encourage great-grandson Logan NeSmith, 2, to wave back at Santa during the Holiday Celebration in downtown Statesboro. - photo by SCOTT BRYANT/Herald File

Santa is coming to downtown, along with the Christmas train, the tree lighting, the holiday parade and the Run the Boro 5K, as First Friday becomes the Christmas Holiday Celebration on Dec. 4.
Adrian Peterson, the Georgia Southern Eagles 1998-2001 star player who went on to play for the Chicago Bears, will be master of ceremonies for the 5:30 - 8 p.m. celebration, the Downtown Statesboro Development Authority announced.
Proceeds from the Run the Boro 5K will go to the Open Hearts Community Mission. Registration, online until 7 a.m. Friday or at City Hall until 4 p.m. Friday for the 5:30 p.m. race, costs $25. Runners are no longer guaranteed a T-shirt now that a Nov. 25 early registration deadline has passed. For more information on Run the Boro 5K, visit runtheboro.com.
A sample of chili from the Chili Town Cook-off will cost $1, with all donations going to the e+ Foundation at the South Georgia Center for Cancer Care. Tuesday is the deadline for chili cooks to register. See the “December-Holiday Celebration” page at statesborodowntown.org/first-friday for rules, information and the entry form.
The celebration also features Jared Wade, the 2013 Georgia Music Awards Country Male Vocalist of the Year, who will provide holiday jingles from the balcony of City Hall, and tailgating with WTOC Channel 11. Live entertainment, sponsored by East Georgia Center for Oral and Facial Surgery, will be provided throughout the night on the courthouse lawn.
For the little ones, Santa and Mrs. Claus are available for photographs inside Santa’s workshop, hosted by the Averitt Center for the Arts. Local vendors will offer “homemade quality food and handcrafted merchandise,” and downtown stores and restaurants will be open, according to the DSDA’s news release.
For more information, contact Main Street Statesboro at (912-) 764-7227.

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