Final Journey to Bethlehem is at Hand

Thursday, December 18, 2014
The final edition of the popular live nativity is this weekend north of Piggott

A decades-old local tradition will come to a close this weekend, as the final "Journey to Bethlehem" is hosted by Hitts Chapel General Baptist Church. For the congregation of the church, which is located north of Piggott, it will mark the final installment of the popular Christmas offering first started in 1985.

This year's 30th and final Journey to Bethlehem will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. each evening this Friday through Sunday, Dec. 19 to 21.

And, for 2014 the offering will once again feature over two dozen people in costume, numerous live animals, parking attendants and welcome center workers.

Averaging over 500 visitors a year, with an all-time attendance record of 1,100 in 2002, well over 15,000 people have visited during previous holiday seasons.

For those unfamiliar with the effort, the project first started as a single manger scene of the nativity. In recent years it has grown into a full-blown production, with walk through scenes depicting the Christmas story from Isaiah's prophecy to the final stable scene of Christ's birth.

There is no charge for admission to see the "Journey to Bethlehem" and the public is cordially invited to attend their final offering. The church is located three miles north of Piggott and can be reached by turning north on North Fourth Avenue at the corner of West Jackson, between Piggott Fire Station #1 and the Piggott Family Medical Clinic.

Those wanting more information may contact the church office at 870 598-2595 or may call Pastor Charles Richardson at 870 634-6853.

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