Article by George Willoughby
The holiday season is officially here.
Large crowds flocked to Uptown Roxboro Thursday night for the annual Jingle on Main to ring in the holiday season.
Many Uptown businesses stayed open late to serve the crowds.
The event also featured performances from local groups including Essence of Movement, Little River Cloggers, Christi’s Dance. Fabulous Feet, PC Twinkle Diamonds, PC Elite Diamonds, Nina’s Dance and Roxboro Gymnastics.
Local school also got involved with performances from the Roxboro Community School Theater, Person High School Choral Ensemble, RCS band and RCS Middle School cheer.
The RCS Theater group held a key role in the tree lighting at Merritt Commons as they led the crowd in Christmas carols before the tree was lit.
Roxboro’s Distinguished Young Woman, Alexis Vernon was given the key role in the ceremony by having the responsibility of flipping the switch for the tree.
Particular highlights were the hay ride around the Person County Courthouse and the barrel train ride for kids down Main Street.
Of course, Santa made the trip to visit with the kids of Person County as he sat at the Piedmont Community College Small Business Center.
DJ John Williford and DJ Tracy Dunn kept the Christmas music rocking at Merritt Commons and Courthouse Square, respectively. There were also bands in place at Thomas and Oakley Drug Store and Cole’s Pharmacy.
This year’s edition was the first coordinated by the Uptown Roxboro Group.
Uptown Roxboro Group Director Lynda Clayton said the event was a great success.
Clayton said from what she gathered speaking to visitors and businesses and saw on social media, the public enjoyed the event and businesses saw great sales numbers.
“Uptown Roxboro Group is really excited it was so successful,” Clayton said.
Clayton said she was happy with the way the event turned out and wanted to extend a thank you to the public for coming out.
She said all of the close parking lots filled for the event and estimated that turnout was similar to, if not more, than recent years.
Clayton said there would always be little things that could be improved from year to year, but one point of emphasis could be more giveaways next year.
This year, URG gave away candy canes, puzzles and paddle balls, but those offerings could expand.
“It just feels like Christmas when you have something to give away,” Clayton said.
Clayton said URG will now begin planning Rox n’ Roll Cruise-ins to begin in the spring.
“And who knows,” she said. “We may have some events pop up between now and then.”