Host of Christmas Past Oversight Committee continues to plan with safety as top priority

On Friday, November 13th the emphasis will be encouraging shopping and dining locally by showcasing our wonderful businesses and eateries with Saturday, November 14th being the day to include festival festivities. The committee understands the importance of this annual event for local businesses, with some saying it’s their thirteenth month, so this year, considering the financial devastation some have faced, it’s more important than ever. In addition as a way to help businesses further HCP has not solicited sponsorship money for this year’s festival.

In order to hold the event in a responsible way CDC Guidelines for large events will be followed. Planners remind attendees to help in that effort by remaining 6 feet apart from others outside their group. They also encourage wearing face covering, especially where social distancing is difficult. Hand sanitizing stations will be located on the corners of vendor area as well as other location throughout the festival. A limited number of branded masks will be available as well as an infrared thermometer if needed at Information Booth on the east side of the courthouse lawn.

Some businesses may require face covering inside and may also limit the number of people inside at one time. This will be at the owner’s discretion. Local non-profit organizations sponsoring events during the festival may require the same. Businesses, vendors, and events have all been asked to follow these guidelines and be prepared with the proper PPE.

Saturday morning will kick off at 8am with Bella’s Snow Ball 5k. This year’s proceeds will help a local family with adoption expenses. The amazing story of Bella, race details, and preregistration can be made through alwaysendure.com. The run will begin and end at First Baptist Church’s The Hub on Main Avenue North.

Several musical performances can be enjoyed throughout the day on the bandstand. Beginning at 9am Simply Fabulous, 10am Stillwater Bluegrass, The Messengers will take the stage at 12noon, followed by Wanda Tate at 2. Voices of Carriage House will perform Christmas tunes from their upcoming shows scheduled the weekend following HCP and first weekend of December, to keep us in the Christmas spirit during a very special Closing Ceremony at 4:15.

Kids Village will be located at the corner of North Elk and College with kid’s safety in mind. Junior’s House Child Advocacy Center will sponsor sports themed inflatables, Santa’s ring toss, corn hole along with other games. Arm bands are $5. The Fayetteville High School Art Department will be set up with an art show and sale and Paint- & Take-it Ornaments. Both these organizations will be open from 9am to 4pm. Also in the area will be Carriage Rides; tickets for Adults $5 and Children $3 and kids can take a ride on the Cow Train for $3. These two events will benefit the Humane Society and take place from 10am to 4pm.

This year from noon to 4pm the FLC Arts Center invites kids of all ages to join in to paint a wall mural in the classroom of the center located on Main Avenue South. Donations to the Arts Center are appreciated. You are reminded you may bring your own painting smock or disposable smocks will be available for purchase. That morning, look for Santa! He will be at the Arts Center from 9am to noon for Photos With Santa. This event is sponsored by and proceeds from photo packages benefit Fayetteville Main Street.

The Cemetery Stroll will be expanded to the entire cemetery surrounding the First Presbyterian Church. This will also aid in social distancing. The event will take place from 3pm to 6pm.

As with all street festivals there will be food trucks and vendors distanced around the inside parking area of the courthouse square.

Schedule, CDC Guidelines, and updates will be posted on HostOfChristmasPast.com and the festival’s Facebook page. Thank you in advance for your commitment to keeping our community safe while having some much needed family fun!