‘Home Town’ Star Erin Napier Wants Help Saving Christmas Tradition

by Jennifer Shea

If you’re in the Laurel, Mississippi area, “Home Town” star Erin Napier needs your help.

The HGTV star is trying to save her family’s beloved Pancake Day at the Laurel YWCO. The Christmas tradition is in danger of dying out because the local Kiwanis Club, which supplied the volunteers to run the event, is shrinking fast.

Pancake Day is a fundraiser for the Kiwanis Club’s scholarship fund for high school seniors. Without it, not only will the town of Laurel miss out on its pancakes, but those scholarships won’t go out.

“[It’s] Laurel’s most beloved Christmas tradition on the first Saturday in December since the 1950s,” Napier posted to Instagram on Friday night. “It’s a magical day, and one I want my children to participate in with their children someday. Sadly, the Kiwanis Club is shrinking as year follows year and the volunteer base needed to feed 2,000+ guests at the YWCO location is mighty. Join us and @laurelmercantile as we stand in the gap serving on Pancake Day, December 4, 2021. The link is in my profile. Sign up today and let’s SAVE THE PANCAKES!”

‘Home Town’ Stars Get into the Christmas Spirit

That’s not the only thing the Napiers are doing to get into the Christmas spirit. They’re also appearing in a holiday special, “Home Town: Ben’s Holiday Workshop,” in which Ben Napier gets dolled up as Santa Claus himself.

The special airs on Sunday, Dec. 26 at 10 p.m. ET on HGTV and will become available to stream on Discovery+ that same day. You can watch a trailer for the special here.

Winner of Show’s Sweepstakes Gets New Town Mural

Meanwhile, Emmaus, Pennsylvania is getting a new town mural, thanks to HGTV’s “Celebrate Home Town Sweepstakes.” In the contest, fans were encouraged to put their hometown up for a chance to win a custom mural designed by a Mississippi artist.

Artist River Prince kicked off work on the mural in Emmaus, which won the sweepstakes, last week. The mural will be located on the side of Altitude Marketing’s building at 225 Main Street in Emmaus.

There were roughly 80,000 entries in the contest, according to WFMZ. The winner was randomly chosen.

“Emmaus has hometown pride,” borough manager Shane Pepe said in a press release. “That feeling mixed with our love of the arts has everyone excited that we’re the recipient of this special sweepstakes prize for Main Street.”  

The artist reportedly worked with local officials and the Emmaus Arts Commission to plan the mural and decide where to paint it.