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Christmas on Main adding new features for 2018

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KENLY — Several new features have been added to the second edition of Christmas on Main for this year, according to festival Chairwoman Janie Holland.

The event that was so popular with visitors last year will once again be sponsored by the Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce.

The program is set for 5-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 30 at the Tobacco Farm Life Museum and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1 on downtown Kenly’s Main Street. The annual Kenly Christmas Parade is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 6.

According to Holland, new food vendors added to the list of participants for this year include Sonlight Farms, fair food; the Kenly Fire Department, sausage biscuits; Lajit Ministries; Pit Stop, hot dogs, sausage dogs and Christmas candies; Starling Boys, pulled pork and smoked brisket; Mincey Chapel Church, barbecue chicken plates; Hula Dogs, mini-doughnuts, hot chocolate and homemade fudge; “cheesecake lady” Debora Myers; and Kenly Free Will Baptist Church, s’mores.

The popular cookie and candy bake-off sponsored by Southern Bank returns and provides an opportunity for those who love to bake to show off the treats they create and win cash prizes, Holland said.

There is no fee to enter with the only requirement being to submit 25 pieces of cookies or candy prepared by the entrant. First-, second- and third-place winners will be chosen in each category.

Entries need to be delivered to In His Image Ministries Church at 114 W. Second St. between 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning to be judged.

Sponsors are also excited about the addition of the scavenger hunt that features the history of Kenly as provided by the town’s historian and librarian, Betty Pope.

Other new features for Christmas on Main this year include touch-a-truck, where participants can get up close and personal with Kenly’s fire trucks, Kenly Police Department cars, Holland Farms tractors and Duke Energy’s specialty trucks.

Also new will be pet adoptions, free face-painting for the kids and mascots Smokey the Bear and Muddy the Mudcat.

Another of the more popular items from last year’s Saturday morning schedule is back as “PJs and Pancakes” featuring Santa Claus and his elves makes a return visit to the Kenly Fire Department. This occasion will include free pancakes for children 10 and under with firefighters selling ham and sausage biscuits for adults during the event.

Kenly Missionary Baptist Church’s puppet ministry will also be performing.

Christmas on Main sponsors this year include title sponsor Manheim North Carolina, along with Big Boys Truck Stop, Davis Drug, Duke Energy, Holland Farms, the Johnston County Visitors Bureau, KS Bank, the Johnstonian News, The Insurance Shoppe and Southern Bank.

Vendor spaces are still available for Saturday, Dec. 1. For more information, call the Kenly Area Chamber of Commerce at 919-284-5510 or email