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AP Christmas tree village taking shape

AVON PARK - A white Christmas tree with a blue garland placed on the Main Street Mall on Friday brought the total to four for the city's first Candy Cane Lane Christmas Tree Village.

Anna Marie Feeney, who organized the holiday effort said, "Everything is falling into place nicely. All the electrical is ready and the signs are ready," that identify the tree sponsors.

The Candy Cane Lane will feature 40 lighted Christmas Trees along the winding sidewalk on the Main Street Mall between Butler and Railroad avenues. Local businesses have signed up to provide the decorated trees.

All the trees should be in place by 9 a.m. Monday for a final light check, Feeney said.

The trees will be lighted at 6:45 p.m., Monday, which is 15 minutes prior to the start of the Avon Park Christmas Parade.

Feeney explained the impetus for the Candy Cane Lane.

"I love this town," she said. "Every year this section of town just seems so dark."

So every year she takes her children and grandchildren to see the Christmas decorations on the circle in Sebring, Feeney said. She wanted to do something special in Avon Park were she lives.

The Avon Park Community Redevelopment Agency approved Feeney's idea and now the Candy Cane Lane is sponsored by the City of Avon Park, the Avon Park Chamber of Commerce and the Main Street CRA.

Feeney said 40 tree sponsors have signed up, but one backed out because they couldn't find a tree they liked. People have been calling and she will likely get that spot filled, Feeney noted.

Feeney's husband, Chris Knight, worked on the posts Friday afternoon holding the Candy Cane Lane banner.

Feeney said, "I am doing this as a volunteer just because I love the town. I wanted to see something like this happen here. It has been a lot of hard work, but it's a lot of fun and seeing it come together is really fun."

The Avon Park Christmas parade on Main Street will start at 7 p.m., Monday. This year's theme is "Candy Canes and Christmas Carols."