JERSEY SHORE - The borough will ring in the holidays with "Christmas on Main Street" on Saturday, Dec. 3.
The festivities will take place at the gazebo on Main Street in the borough. Santa will arrive at 2 p.m. following the annual holiday parade..
To usher in the season, children can tell the "jolly old elf" what they would like for Christmas at his Santa House, next to the gazebo.
This year the Jersey Shore Town Meeting members decided to add more activities for residents to enjoy.
There will be music and carolers at the gazebo.
This year food and craft vendors will be on hand in the park just behind the gazebo starting at 11 a.m.
Children will be able to decorate the Christmas tree before the ceremonial lighting of the tree lights. Anyone wishing to help decorate should bring one decoration.
This year the historical society will be conducting guided tours of the historical homes in the borough, beginning at 11 a.m. and ending at 4:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Moss House, 200 S. Main St., and the Jersey Shore Book Shop, 256 Allegheny St.
Town Meeting members hope the celebration will become an annual day of fun in the borough for the whole family.
room tax is a result of Tioga County Ordinance No. 2001-01, Room Tax Rental Excise Tax and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Act 142.
"To date, a total of $128,836.16 has been awarded with $31,455.52 available funds in last year's grant round," he added.
According to new guidelines set forth by the committee, each year's sponsorship amount may vary and will be prorated depending on the amount available with limits of up to $1,000 for a single day event, up to $3,000 for a two day or more event, and up to $5,000 for multiple events by the same organization.
Sponsorships will be awarded on a 12-month cycle at the first Tioga County Commissioners meeting in February.
Sponsorship applications will be released by the Tioga County Visitors Bureau beginning Oct. 31 of each year and must be postmarked by Dec. 31.
Although for-profit businesses are not eligible to receive monies, they are encouraged to partner with sponsorship recipients in offering promotions, discounts, and / or packages.
All festivals will be promoted in a new publication focusing on strictly events in the county with a special feature about all successful sponsorship recipients.
For-profit businesses will be noted in a special section featuring how their business ties into the festival.
This program opens a new door for the Tioga County Visitors Bureau to work directly with county festivals to increase awareness of the event and to promote it to a larger audience.
Dennis Miller, Mansfield University Public Relations Director and President of Tioga County Visitors Bureau said the new sponsorship format will better assist festivals and events with limited staffing to focus on creating quality programs.
"The new format also enables Tioga County to take a more comprehensive, uniform and professional approach in marketing festivals and events. Festivals and celebrations already celebrate the beauty, history unique heritage of Tioga County. Lending support to these organizations benefits everyone in the county," Miller said.