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Midnight Madness returns during daylight

Dec. 3 in Port Henry

Aryanna Simpson met Santa Claus during the 2010 Midnight Madness in Port Henry. The annual event is sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

Aryanna Simpson met Santa Claus during the 2010 Midnight Madness in Port Henry. The annual event is sponsored by the Moriah Chamber of Commerce. Photo by Nancy Frasier.

— It’s won’t be midnight, but the 22nd annual Moriah Midnight Madness still promises to be a festive event.

The holiday tradition will be held 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. It will be sponsored by the Town of Moriah Chamber of Commerce.

“We want people to enjoy the holiday atmosphere and have a lot of fun,” said Jack Woods, chamber president. “I hope they’ll come out and enjoy the entertainment, refreshments and support the local businesses.”

Midnight Madness will feature store sales, giveaways, street vendors, music, fire truck rides for the children, candy, face painting, balloons, games and more.

Santa will arrive on a Port Henry Fire Department truck and will meet with children — and adults — at the Lee House. He’s be joined by Penelope the Clown.

There will also be Christmas caroling and fire truck rides for children. The Moriah Central School band and chorus have also been invited to entertain.

PH7, a Port Henry community group, will decorate the town Christmas tree.

Midnight Madness has long been a popular event, Woods said, with families as well as local merchants.

“It’s a success,” he said of the annual event. “It’s a good shot in the arm for local businesses at the beginning of the month. Hopefully people will continue to shop right through Christmas.”

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