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The halls and streets were decked in Glendale as they welcomed visitors to their rural Christmas event.
Glendale’s annual Christmas in the Country started this weekend and continues for the next two Saturdays.
Visitors lined up downtown Saturday for carriage rides, photos with Santa Claus and a warm drink while browsing through the many shops.
Mike Cummins, president of the Glendale Merchants Association which helps organize the event, said Saturday was one of the best turnouts they’d had in a few years. He thought the warmer autumnal weather played a role in getting more people to Glendale.
Cummins said the event helps promote what the town has to offer, and Christmas in the Country attracts people from outside Hardin County, some who come every year.
“It’s kind of a tradition,” he said.
Brenda Garland attends the holiday event every year, though this was the first time for her two grandchildren who were with her. Garland lives in Glendale and likes to support local events.
“We like being part of the community,” Garland said.
The event is important for local businesses as well, said Sherry Creek of The Mercantile store.
“It helps generate business, absolutely,” Creek said.
At The Mercantile, more than 30 trees were decorated with about 10,000 ornaments, which were put up at the beginning of November.
To prepare for Christmas, they begin buying their merchandise right after last Christmas.
“We start early,” Creek said.
Next Saturday, festivities continue at 5 p.m. with a tour of Glendale homes. Tickets can be purchased at the Village Shop. The following Saturday, shops are open and there are free warm beverages for shoppers.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or email@example.com.