Last updated: December 12. 2013 12:14PM
By - kkissiah@civitasmedia.com



Melanie Trusky, left, painted lots of anxious, happy faces during the 2013 ChristmasFest Dec. 7. Each year, she said, the Grinch is one of the more popular choices for holiday transformations.
Melanie Trusky, left, painted lots of anxious, happy faces during the 2013 ChristmasFest Dec. 7. Each year, she said, the Grinch is one of the more popular choices for holiday transformations.
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The slow, drizzling, rain that lasted throughout the day Dec. 7, took its toll on ChristmasFest 2013, as crowds were much smaller this year. However, the day’s activities still ended with a bang.


There was no rain under the whirling cover of the carousel that sat on the corner of Market and Second streets all day. And there was no rain, or no pouring rain at least, under the tents wear young faces transformed into classic Christmas characters.


To be sure, those gathered at the Gazebo in Centennial Park for photo opportunities with Santa showed no signs of disappointment with the weather.


Although participation may not have been what organizers had hoped for, according to Melanie Trusky, a face painter for the event, “there was a steady flow of people all day.”


The fireworks, as promised, were grand. Not only were they spectacular to see, they were extremely loud. The explosions of color in the sky caused several car alarms to go off, which seemed to add to the excitement.


This marks the second year for the town of Cheraw’s ChristmasFest, a celebration that draws upon the town’s history to present an old fashioned type celebration. More Christmas celebrations are planned for this Saturday, Dec. 14, as the town plans to light up the sky again with an evening Christmas Parade.


This is the first time the parade has been scheduled to take place in the evening, and organizers say the lights on the floats should be dazzling. The parade will begin at 6 p.m., lining up at the corner of Church and Second streets, and marching to Kershaw Street.


— Staff Writer Karen Kissiah can be reached by calling 843-537-5261, or by email at kkissiah@civitasmedia.com.


 
 
 
 
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