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HolidayFest

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HolidayFest is a non-profit community service organization whose purpose is an annual festival which brings together the entire Hendersonville and adjoining Sumner County community during the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons. HolidayFest joins the people, businesses, government and service organizations of the community. The activities have two primary benefits: they monetarily help worthy non-profit causes while bringing substantial business and tourism dollars to the community. HolidayFest does this by attracting thousands of visitors to Sumner County to celebrate the spirit of the season during the months of October, November and December, at the same time they have designed numerous activities supporting and promoting a number of non-profit events that take place during this time period. HolidayFest also helps train the nonprofits in their fundraising efforts during these holiday associated events.

In 2007, Lynda Evjen was new to Sumner County and she was asked about creating something to replace the standard seasonal bake sales. Lynda had an idea to create (#1) a Gingerbread Competition and she approached Keller Williams Realty as a sponsor. Keller Williams through its then agent, Steve Luther had just taken over the (#2) Hendersonville City Parade and they decided to add that to the weekend to create a small festival. Local business owners, including Janna (JJ) von Kessel of the UPS Store thought it would be good to honor local businesses as well. At the same time, th

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