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City of Collins to kick off annual 'Christmas in the Park'

COLLINS, MS (WDAM) -

Collins is going ahead with its annual display of Christmas lights at the City Park, despite claims from a Wisconsin group that it violates the constitution. 

The 12th annual "Christmas in the Park" begins Thanksgiving Day and runs through Dec. 26.  The organization, "Freedom From Religion Foundation" asked the city to remove all religious items from the park.

But, the Covington County Chamber of Commerce, which owns all those pieces, said it has gotten more support than ever.

"If anything, it enhances the park," said Marie Shoemake, executive director of Covington County of Commerce. "More and more people are giving us support on billboards, which is wonderful and just calling us saying we support what you do. So, we feel like more and more people will come to see the display that maybe have never been before."

The display is free and will run on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only.   

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