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Carrollton sporting new holiday decor

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By Sharon Graves

Downtown Carrollton is being dressed up in new winter finery to give a festive atmosphere for the holidays.

City workers Troy Harrell, Dennis Webster and Billy Aldridge were wrapping evergreen garland around lampposts on Main Street on a cold, raw day last week.

Webster was hoisted up and down in a protected cage in the bucket of the city’s loader, first taking down the historic-marker flags attached to the lampposts. In the meantime, on the ground, Harrell was preparing the garland for Webster to attach to the posts.

Webster, Harrell and Aldridge hopped from one empty parking spot to another so Webster could go up in the bucket to attach the garland to the poles.

“We only had enough Christmas decorations to decorate a few poles [downtown], and we wanted it to look festive for ‘A Christmas Carroll,’” explained Tourism Director Rhonda Crutcher.

Sponsored by the Carrollton Main Street Program, “A Christmas Carroll” is an annual event on the Courthouse Square. This year’s event Saturday, Dec. 6., will include a visit from Santa Claus, and photos with the Jolly Old Elf;  arts, crafts and baked-goods vendors along with entertainment under the main tent; as well as “A Vision of Sugar Plums” baking contest.

Crutcher said she asked the tourism board for money to help buy decorations for the downtown area.

“Those outdoor decorations are very expensive, but Maguana Qualls at Cornerstone Floral and Gifts helped us get them through her supplier,” Crutcher said.

“We have enough for all the poles in the downtown area now, and we’ll be making bows to go on each one,” she added. “We’ll have some lights on some of the poles, but there are only about 10 lampposts that have plugs [electrical outlets]. We are also decorating the railing across from New Image Hair Salon and The Towne Shoppe with garland and bows.”

Crutcher has more ideas for future Christmases, but said this is a good start.  And she praised the city Public Works crews.

“The street department has been wonderful to work with,” she said.