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Community comes out for annual tree lighting

Posted: December 10, 2013 - 5:23pm
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(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff)  Crowds of people roast marshmallows and enjoy the warmth of a fire during the annual North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Calhoun Park and Lookaway Hall on Thursday, December 5, 2013.    EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
EMILY ROSE BENNETT/STAFF
(Emily Rose Bennett/Staff) Crowds of people roast marshmallows and enjoy the warmth of a fire during the annual North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony at Calhoun Park and Lookaway Hall on Thursday, December 5, 2013.

Brad Wilson has enjoyed participating in the North Augusta Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony for the past three years.

“The event is so festive,” said the 13-year-old. “It’s fun because you know everybody.”

Brad and fellow members of the Boy Scouts Troop 7 from Grace United Methodist Church helped others roast marshmallows in Lookaway Hall’s courtyard Thursday during the annual event.

Cole Garnett, also a Boy Scout, said it was his first time participating in the event, but he was impressed by the turnout. “I think it’s a really good event,” said the 14-year-old. “It’s good for the community to come together like this.”

He was most looking forward to the tree lighting, he added.

“I’m excited about seeing that,” he said.

Shortly after 6 p.m., 4-year-old Avery Ethun turned the “switch” to light up the tree in Calhoun Park following a short speech by North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones, who gave tips on things to do to enjoy the holiday season.

The event, always held after Thanksgiving, helps to kick off the season in the city, said Jones after the lighting.

“Doing it this way highlights the (Christmas) season,” said Jones. “It’s an event of anticipation. People look forward to this event every year. I know I do.”

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