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Scott offers area residents chance to ride Santa Train

May 15th, 2014 12:00 am by Wes Bunch

Scott  offers area  residents chance to ride Santa Train

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GATE CITY — The Scott County Bicentennial Committee is looking to celebrate the county's 200th birthday by offering a rare chance to win two tickets aboard the 2014 Santa Train as it makes its way from eastern Kentucky to Kingsport.

The Nov. 22 event marks the 72nd running of the Santa Train, which is a joint venture of CSX, Food City, the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce and Dignity U Wear.

The train will leave Pikeville, Ky., loaded with presents and make multiple stops in Southwest Virginia — including Scott County — as it makes the 110-mile journey to its destination in Kingsport.

Scott County Director of Tourism Pam Cox said potential winners will have the opportunity to register for the prize drawing at multiple events being held throughout the county from May until early November.

"Celebrating 200 years is a huge event," Cox said. "We wanted to do something special to commemorate this historical year.

"All you have to do is attend one of the 20 or more festivals, venues or attractions in the county to register for the drawing. You may register once at each of the 20 official bicentennial sanctioned events."

The winning name will be drawn Nov. 5 at the Scott County Board of Supervisors' regular meeting.

Cox said organizers hope to have the train's namesake conduct the prize drawing.

"We know November is a busy time for Santa, but we are hoping he can make the trip down south to help us pick the winner," Cox said.

A winning ticket and an alternate ticket will be selected during the Nov. 5 drawing, Cox said.

Cox said the bicentennial committee chose the Santa Train as a prize because of its popularity in the region.

"Over the years, I can't count the number of people who have told me they have always wanted to ride the Santa Train. Well, now is their chance," said Cox. "To my knowledge, this is the first time seats to ride the Santa Train have been made available to the general public in the history of the train's running."

Cox said the seats were donated anonymously just for the 200-year celebration.

Area residents can register at the following:

Nickelsville Days, Sat., May 24, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Keith Memorial Park

First Annual Nickelsville Days Community Church Service & Gospel Sing, Sun., May 25, 1-4 p.m., Keith Memorial Park

Duffield Jams, Thurs., May 29, 6:30-9:30 p.m., Thomas Village Community Center, Cecil Quillen Rd.

Golden Gaits Horse Show, Sat., May 31, 4-6 p.m., Scott County Horse Park, Dungannon

Allen Hicks Friday Night Jams, Fri., June 20, 6-8 p.m., 1844 Bethel Road, Nickelsville

Dungannon Fourth of July Celebration, July 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Dungannon

Christmas at the Zoo, Creation Kingdom Zoo, Fri., July 11, 6-9 p.m., 1642 Snowflake Rd., Gate City

Train Day @ Natural Tunnel State Park, Sat., July 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Carter Fold 40th Anniversary Celebration, Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m.; Aug. 2, 5-7 p.m., A.P. Carter Hwy., Hiltons

Scott County Fair, Sat., Aug.16, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Scott County Regional Horse Park, Dungannon

Duffield Daze, Sat., Aug. 30, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Papa Joe Smiddy Concert featuring Hello Stranger, Sun., Aug. 31, 5-8 p.m., Amphitheatre, Natural Tunnel

Grillin' at the Gate, Sat., Sept. 13 11 a.m.-4 p.m and 6-8 p.m., Downtown Gate City

Grillin' at the Gate, Sun., Sept. 14, 1-5 p.m., Gate City

Punkin' Patch Fall Harvest Celebration, Sat., Sept. 27, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Nickelsville

Bush Mill Days, Sat., Oct. 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Nickelsville

Frontier Harvest Celebration @ Blockhouse, Oct. 11, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Natural Tunnel State Park

Boo @ the Zoo, Fri., Oct. 31, 6-8 p.m., 1642 Snowflake Rd., Gate City

Drawing - Board of Supervisors Meeting, Wed., Nov. 5, 11 a.m., Tickets drawn by Santa 

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