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Posted: Saturday, December 7, 2019 8:12 pm

For two decades Morehead has celebrated Hometown Holidays.

The annual event had main street closed to traffic for several hours while businesses opened their doors, welcoming people with hot drinks, sweet treats and an escape from the cold.

Children played in the streets. They clasped cups of hot chocolate as they smiled between bits of holiday cookie. Lieutenant David Clark with the Morehead fire department said he hopes Morehead becomes like a Hallmark town.

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Breanna Buckner serves popcorn during Hometown Holiday in Morehead, Ky December 07, 2019. Photo by Hunter Boggs / The Trail Blazer By Hunter Boggs

“The Hallmark shows always have the town that always do all this,” Clark said as he stood over a fire pit next to a popcorn stand. “I think we are getting to that.”

An array of local musicians performed inside businesses as carolers worked their way up the street. The Rowan County Arts Center hosted the Rowan County middle and high school bands.

New to the event this year was the Sawstone Brewery.

Derek Caskey, one of the owners, said they were thankful to be a contributing part of the community.   

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Elizabeth Bowman performs at Hometown Holiday on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Kennealy Roberts / Trail Blazer by Kennealy Roberts

“This place is steeped in talent, there is so many talented artists here and to have one event a year where you can walk around to any business and there are local artist playing music, brings the community together,” Caskey said.

He wasn’t the only one who believes this is a needed means for the community.

Ben Meadows, attended with his wife and family, said this was a time to enjoy the atmosphere of the town.

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Rowan County Senior High School student Heather Fannin is having fun at Hometown Holiday on Saturday, December 7, 2019 in Morehead, Ky. Photo by Kennealy Roberts / Trail Blazer by Kennealy Roberts

“I think it's unique to what Morehead offers as a community and I think it’s important to keep that sense of community and kind of leverage our strength as a small town,” Meadows said. 

The festivities came to a crescendo at the Morehead Conference Center where the Cave Run Symphony Orchestra performed their last show of the year.