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Hickory Grove to celebrate 125 years Dec. 6-7

From staff reports

HICKORY GROVE The Town of Hickory Grove will hold its 125-year celebration at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6 and 11 a.m. to 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. On Friday, the celebration will kick off with a costume contest and community signing at Mount Vernon United Methodist Church.

Craft and food vendors and demonstrations will be available Saturday on Main Street.

Also on Saturday, there will be an opening ceremony on Main Street featuring Bobby Bolin and Sen. Harvey Peeler.

The Hickory Grove Christmas Parade will take place at 3 p.m. with dinner at Mount Vernon UMC at 5 p.m. The celebration will wrap up with a closing ceremony at the Hickory Grove ARP Church.

A fireworks show will begin at 8:15 p.m. This event is free and open to the public. There is a charge for food: $6 for adults and $3 for children. “One-hundred and twenty-five years is a great milestone to be proud of, and we’re glad to celebrate this high point with the Town of Hickory Grove and encourage all of York County residents and visitors to join us in the celebrations,” says Lisa Meadows, executive director of the Rock Hill/York County Convention and Visitors Bureau. Hickory Grove was incorporated in 1888 and each year everyone is invited out to celebrate the anniversary of the town on the first weekend in December. In 1988, Hickory Grove celebrated its 100-year anniversary and the entire town came out to celebrate. This year 1,000 people are expected to attend the celebration.

Town Hall officials encourage everyone to decorate their homes and invite family and friends to the celebration. The Rock Hill/York County Convention & Visitors Bureau is pleased to assist with the promotions of the event. For more information about the event, contact the Hickory Grove Town Office at 803-925-2625 or Don and Linda Rhodes at 803-925-2436.

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