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Variety of Nativities set for display
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Miriam Crawford stands with three of the hundreds of Nativities, prints, and other works of art set to be on display at the eighth annual McMinnville Nativity Festival set for Dec. 10-12. - photo by Sheila Fann

Hundreds of poinsettias, twinkling lights and Christmas trees will set the stage for over 300 nativity sets during the McMinnville Nativity Festival next weekend at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 562 Shangri La Lane.

Event times are Friday, Dec. 10 from 5 to 8 p.m., Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Dec. 12 from 1 to 6 p.m. 

The nativities planned for display are garnered from many other countries around the globe, including Haiti, Israel, Russia, India, Turkey, Japan, Rwanda, Mexico, Ethiopia, Bahamas, and many other areas. Some are mass produced and some are one-of-a-kind pieces made from glass, wood, metal, ceramic, pottery, yarn paper, clay, and other various materials. 

One exhibit has a 3-foot tall piece of driftwood pulled from the Tennessee River that serves as a stable for the hand-made pottery Holy Family, surrounded by bluebirds, owls, sheep and even a lamb and lion.

 “We will have a special display of angels this year,” said event organizer Miriam Crawford. “If anyone would like to donate an angel to view at the festival, we will take those on Wednesday, Dec. 8 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. We will display for the public to enjoy. There will be other forms of art on exhibit as well including fine art prints depicting the life of Christ, find a Bethlehem village by Fontanini of Italy, life size hand painted murals. There will also be intermittent musical performances throughout the event with a special performance by the Agee Family on Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m.”

Children are not forgotten as there will be scavenger hunts, a children’s room with nativity sets that the kids can play with, craft items the kids can take home, and play dress up to have their pictures taken before a handmade stable.

Miriam Crawford and the Nativity Festival Committee welcome the public to attend this free event. “Hundreds of volunteer hours go in to make this event possible,” said Crawford. “It is hours that they could use in their own lives but they use them in here in the spirit of love and the gift of Christmas. Dr. Peterson buys hundreds of these and then gives them to his patients. So, it’s many people giving in many ways in order to make this festival happen. The event is free and we want everyone to come out, relax, and enjoy.”