Community Crib

It's a part of the Maysville Christmas celebration and tradition that has roots reaching back more than half a century.

For many, the Christmas holiday just isn't complete without a visit to the Maysville Rotary Club Community Crib, a nativity display sponsored each year by the civic organization.

The Community Crib Association began in 1950 with a representative from each church who was willing to participate. In 1981, the association asked the Rotary Club to keep up the tradition of providing the crib for the community.

The nativity has been moved from place to place in recent years, moving from its longtime home at Rotary Park to the Second Street Mall in downtown Maysville and later to a spot on the lawn at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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In 1984, the Rotary purchased new figures and the original ones from the 1950s, battered and beaten from time and exposure, were destined for the trash heap. Luckily, they were rescued by Tom and Barb Clarke, who spent a winter restoring them. The figures are now featured in a nativity collection display organized each year at the Trinity and St. Paul Lutheran churches.

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