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PHOTO GALLERY: Downtown businesses gear up for Living Windows Festival

Thursday, December 1, 2011 | 6:41 p.m. CST

Throughout the week, many businesses in downtown Columbia prepared for the Living Windows Festival on Friday.  The festival, which starts at 6 p.m., features people re-enacting holiday scenes in store windows.  

Nikki Pyatt paints a sign for Maude Vintage's Living Windows Festival display on Monday. "I've been working on this since yesterday," Pyatt said, "It's so tedious." Maude Vintage is having an Edward Gorey-themed display this year. Gorey was an artist and writer, best known for his somber, black and white illustrations. The store will be putting a comical spin on Gorey's work.
Micah Ragsdell, 5, prepares for the Living Windows festival at Mustard Seed on Wednesday afternoon. Ragsdell will play a fisherman during the festival, which takes place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
Jessica Canfield teaches Benjamin Ragsdell, 8, how to act as a fisherman for the Living Windows Festival at Mustard Seed Fair Trade on Wednesday afternoon. The store chose ice fishing for its living window theme. "It's funny and interesting, and that's what the kids want," said Ragsell.

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