Brenda Rose, events coordinator for the City of Tifton, said that her office will continue taking applications for parade participants and vendors throughout the week.

"We have had overwhelming requests from people wanting to participate," Rose said.

Rose can be reached at 391-3903. Cost to enter a float, vehicle or marching group is $50. Cost to rent a vendor spot to sell food or arts and crafts is $40.

All of the events planned for the celebration Saturday, including dozens of carnival rides and shows, are free to the public.

"That is so good for the children because they don't have to stand in line or be told they can't afford it," Rose said. "It really is a gift to the community."

The Hometown Holiday celebration begins Thursday night with the Holiday Tour of Historic Homes from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $10 and anyone interested may call Mary Glenn Hendricks at 382-3683. Also Thursday, the Tifton Junior Woman's Club Nativity Display can be seen at the Myon and the Tifton Garden Clubs' Hall of Trees and the Exchange Club's Gingerbread House displays can be seen at the Museum of Arts and Heritage.

At 7 p.m. on Friday at the Tift Theatre, Todd Herendeen and his Follow That Dream Band presents Viva Las Vegas with Tifton's Lori Keith opening the show. Tickets are $15 each. Contact Dottie Freeman at 386-5150.

On Saturday, children and adults can enjoy the Rotary Club of Tift County's Breakfast with Santa from 8 to 11 a.m. at the Leroy Rogers Senior Center. The cost of breakfast is $4 for adults and $2 for children. Contact Louise Woodham at 382-7120 for more information.

At 2 p.m. Saturday, the Kiwanis Hometown Holiday Celebration Fun Run, a 5K run and a 1 Mile run/walk will begin. Cost to enter is $10. Contact Bret Wagenhorst at for more information.

Tifton's Hometown Holiday Parade begins at 3:00 p.m., and the celebration downtown with multiple entertainment and events planned begins at 5 and last until 9 p.m.

The event has something for everyone with the UGA Candy Cane Express Tram Rides to the Tifton Gazette and WTIF's Winter Wonderland of Lights at Fulwood Park and a Bengal Tiger Show in the First Community Bank parking lot with live shows between 5 and 8 p.m.

The praise band "Forgiven" will provide several performance on Motorcycle Alley on Second Street. The Nerveless Nocks Thrill Show at the Cato Knight parking lot will provide three performances between 5 and 8 p.m. The show includes motorcycle stunts, high wire acts, daring feats of skill and courage and the Globe of Thunder featuring the youngest daredevil.

The annual Lighting of the City Hall Tree is scheduled for 6 p.m. at The Myon on First Street and the Downtown Holiday Stage at City Hall will feature church choirs and holiday entertainment. A Holiday Fashion Show is planned for the Tifton Terminal Railway Museum and Hometown Holiday Dancers from various local dance schools will perform at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Downtown merchants will also be open for business.

From 2 to 6 p.m. Sunday, the weekend will end with Northside Baptist Church and Eastside Baptist Church choirs performing "Love's Pure Light," a Christmas musical, at Northside Baptist Church on West 20th Street.

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