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Santa coming to town as part of Sunday Christmas parade

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By Molly Haines

Santa Claus is coming to town ... again.
Owen County’s annual Christmas parade will makes its way through the streets of Owenton Sunday, officially kicking off the holiday season in the community.
This year’s theme is “A Kentucky Christmas” and was chosen by a council who took ideas from Judy Grisham.
Owen County Extension Agent for Family and Consumer Sciences Judy Hetterman said the grand marshal of this year’s parade will be State Rep. Royce Adams, D-Dry Ridge, in honor of his 20-year service as representative.
Adams will retire at the end of this year.
As of Monday, three floats had been entered into the parade’s lineup, with a total of 19 units participating.
Hetterman said parade organizers were not encouraging any specific designs with floats, but hopes that everyone will create their idea of what makes a Kentucky Christmas.
Floats will begin lining up at 2 p.m. at the Southern States parking lot and judging will take place at 2:15 p.m. All other groups or entries in the parade will lineup at the Southern States parking lot at 2:30 p.m.
The parade will begin at 3:30 p.m., with Santa Claus making his way to the courthouse steps at 4 p.m.
Some merchants around the downtown square will be open for business beginning at 1 p.m.
For the second year in a row, the Owen County Arts Council will sponsor Christmas With the Artists inside the Owen County Courthouse.
Artisans from around Owen County and members of the Owen County Farmers’ Market will set up on the first floor of the courthouse and have a variety of items for sale from 12-6 p.m.
Hetterman said Christmas With the Artists went over very well last year and she expects more of the same this year.
The community Christmas celebration will begin at 5 p.m., hosted by the Owen County Ministerial Association and the lighting of luminaries and town square will take place at 6 p.m.