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Crowds enjoy Christmas crafts show

Posted: November 20, 2013 - 1:02am
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Justin Gray had a child on each shoulder, Cannon Gray, 6, (left) and Silvio Rodriguez, 4, as they watched the Greenbrier Elementary Chorus perform from the back of the crowd at Columbia County Crafts and Caroling. The annual event took place in the county's new exhibition hall in Grovetown. Photo by Jim Blaylock
Justin Gray had a child on each shoulder, Cannon Gray, 6, (left) and Silvio Rodriguez, 4, as they watched the Greenbrier Elementary Chorus perform from the back of the crowd at Columbia County Crafts and Caroling. The annual event took place in the county's new exhibition hall in Grovetown. Photo by Jim Blaylock

Even though Thanks­giving was more than a week away, visitors to the Columbia County Exhibition Center in Grovetown didn’t have any trouble getting into the Christmas mood Saturday.

The Christmas Crafts and Caroling show debuted in the new facility after outgrowing the exhibition space at Savannah Rapids Pavilion. For Connie Morris, the event was a surprise.

“I stumbled onto it by accident,” Morris said, as she browsed the Luna Bug booth for some scented, handmade soap. “I was just dropping off my daughter for the (Grovetown High School) chorus. I didn’t know all this was here.”

The event also featured performances by the Greenbrier Elementary Chorus, Grovetown High School Percussion Ensemble and the Augusta Youth Chorale. In the crowded exhibition center, shoppers could find everything from Christmas wreaths and paintings to homemade jams and jellies. Throughout the exhibit hall were children riding on the shoulders of parents to get a better look at the activities and displays. Justin Gray had a child on each shoulder as they watched a chorus performance from the back of the crowd.

Christine Kelman looked over the jams and jellies at one of the booths with her 7-year-old daughter, Ava.

“This is great,” she said. “This is the first time I have been here.”

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