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37th Annual Christmas on Square jam-packs Live Oak

Above: Suwannee Chorus performing “Once Upon a December,” in Millennium Park, Saturday, during the 37th Annual Christmas on The Square event. -SVT Photos by Tami Stevenson

By Tami Stevenson

Live Oak, Fla., – Suwannee Chamber organizers say the 37th Annual Christmas on the Square in downtown Live Oak was over the top this year, drawing record crowds and more than 250 vendors.

Saturday, the highlight of the three-day event, began with heavy fog but soon lifted to reveal a perfect day for shopping with friends. Performers from local dance groups and choirs always jam-pack the streets. And let’s not forget the delicious foods that only carnival vendors can offer. Their popularity was evidenced by long lines of steady customers most of the day.

Suwannee County Chamber Executive Director Hillary Cannon said, “We had our largest Friday night crowd to date, Coca Cola and Busy Bee provided gifts for every child who met Santa. Busy Bee sponsored over 30 tons of snow and a fantastic fireworks display to end our night.”

Vendors like Mandy Patterson from Clay by Daisy, of Thomasville, Georgia, were very happy with the traffic and sales. She arrived Friday and said both Friday and Saturday were very good for her. She offered all handmade polymer clay jewelry and said this was one good thing that came from COVID. She had the extra time to develop this hobby which now has turned into a profit-making venture for her.

Cannon added, “The Chamber worked extremely hard this year to make this event bigger and better than ever. We had record crowds in downtown Live Oak and brought vendors in from all over the United States! We are very proud to represent Suwannee County and the business community. There is no better place to call home!”
Best floats of the Lighted Christmas Parade were: Non commercial - County Commissioner Len Stapleton and family. Commercial float - Farmers Coop.

Above: Local dance teams wait to perform during the 37th Annual Christmas on The Square event while shoppers hunted for that perfect, one-of-a-kind gift.

This food vendor, Happy Belly, of Raleigh, North Carolina, rose the bar by setting out food samples to entice customers. Owner George Dabaghi (not pictured) said this was their first time here but their 14th year in business.

Mandy Patterson from Clay by Daisy, of Thomasville, Georgia, offered handmade jewelry from polymer clay and said she had good traffic and sales both Friday and Saturday.

The Suwannee Young Riders 4H Club waiting in line on their float to enter the annual Lighted Christmas Parade that followed the days’ events. -Photo submitted by Allison Carter