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Children take part in the coloring contest at a past Shop Smalltown event Blossburg Memorial Library.

Blossburg is participating in Small Business Saturday promotion, where shoppers are encouraged to spend their holiday dollars at a local business rather than a big box store or online.

Events kick off in the morning with a new event, the 5K Turkey Trot sponsored by the Blossburg United Methodist Church. Strollers and pets are welcome to participate in this event, which begins and ends at the church parking lot at 108 North Williamson Road. Registration is from 7:30-8:30 a.m. and the fee is $25 for adults, $15 for students and five and under free. The race begins at 9 a.m.

Another new event is the Blossburg Pop Up Shop. Blossburg Visions In Business & Entertainment has rented a storefront to sell T-shirts, mugs, bags, etc decorated with Blossburg logos. The shop is located at 220 Main Street and is open from 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Other downtown businesses are offering special sales and activities to encourage shoppers to stop in and see what’s inside. First Citizens Community Bank has cookies and the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Choose a child’s name from a tag decorating the tree, purchase gifts and return the gifts to the bank. Age in Place Home Care has a hot chocolate beverage bar, and is collecting food pantry donations.

Anyone purchasing an item from a downtown store can enter the receipt raffle. Write your name, address, phone number or email on the back of the receipt and place it in any of the collection boxes scattered throughout the borough. The winner will receive a tote bag filled with Blossburg swag.

The Blossburg Memorial Library youth group, “CATCH” will hang out around a campfire in the Riverside Plaza parking lot. Stop by to roast a marshmallow or hot dog. CATCH stands for Community and Teens Combining Hearts. Members of this newly-formed group are working on community service projects for the betterment of Blossburg, along with building leadership skills.

While at Riverside Plaza, children and adults are able to engage in a “soft” snowball fight. Children can also write a letter to Santa and post it in the Blossburg Post Office between Nov. 30 and Dec. 9.

Also new is the opening of Identity Salon at 226 Main St. with a 2 p.m. ribbon cutting.

The Victoria Theatre is offering a free showing of “The Grinch.” Show times are 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

At the Blossburg Memorial Library, Santa will be upstairs for photographs and giving a gift to each child. Downstairs, there’s more. The basket raffle will continue. Visitors can purchase chances and place those chances only for the baskets that he or she wants to win. There’s also games, bake sale, kids coloring contest, refreshments and an antique toy train display. At 3 p.m., children are invited to listing to a reading of “The Polar Express” and take home a free book.

For more information, call 570-638-3112, email mcnamara@ptd.net or visit blossburg.org.