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McMinnville Nativity Festival taking place this weekend
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The festival also includes paintings, poinsettias, Christmas trees and other decorations. There are hours this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
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Hundreds of nativities will be on display this weekend for the fifth annual McMinnville Nativity Festival.

Hundreds of nativities from around the world will be on display this weekend for the fifth annual McMinnville Nativity Festival.

The event is free and will feature nativities made from glass, wood, metal, ceramic, pottery, yarn, paper and more. Some have been mass produced. Others are one of a kind. An international nativity area will feature sets from over 20 countries.

“This is an amazing holiday event,” said Miriam Crawford, one of the organizers. “It’s free to the public and it draws visitors back again and again.”

The McMinnville Nativity Festival is located just off Highway 55 at 562 Shangri La Lane at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hand-painted, life-sized murals from a Cookeville artist will be on display. That’s in addition to some 50 or more other paintings. Decorations include several hundred poinsettias and scores of lighted Christmas trees that add to the ambiance.

There’s a popular children’s room with various dress-up activities, as well as live music being performed during the entire festival.

New this year is a streets of Bethlehem Village scene by Fontanini of Italy. This joins Christmas quilts, which were added last year.

“We are excited to share this gift to the community and we encourage everyone to come out and see the festival,” said Crawford.