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COLUMBUS, Ohio – November 29, 2010 – 79 years after State Auto Insurance Group founder Bob Pein began the tradition, State Auto will again flip the switch on Christmas Corner on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 5:45 p.m. A brief lighting ceremony, including a performance by the Columbus Children’s Choir, will begin at 5:30 p.m.

State Auto President, Chairman and CEO Bob Restrepo will be joined at the lighting by Katelyn Khamsomphou, a fifth grader at State Auto’s adopted school, Heyl Avenue Elementary, and winner of State Auto’s annual Christmas art contest. Katelyn’s winning entry will be on display at Christmas Corner throughout the Christmas season.

The Christmas Corner experience has been enhanced for visitors by allowing them to walk through the display, which is constructed in scenes throughout State Auto’s Pein Park at the corner of East Broad Street and North 11th Street. Visitors can participate in a cell phone tour, which offers callers facts and history about each scene of the Nativity display. Additionally, State Auto employees and retirees will serve as volunteer “Nativity Guides,” welcoming visitors and answering questions, while hot chocolate will be available for sale many evenings through Jan. 2, with proceeds benefitting the Manna Café at Broad Street United Methodist Church.

At 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Christmas, a number of local groups will offer free performances at the display.

Saturday, Dec. 4 Powell United Methodist Church Choir
Sunday, Dec. 5 Meredith Temple Church of God in Christ Choir
Saturday, Dec. 11 His Word Chorus
Sunday, Dec. 12 Columbus Mannerchor/Damenchor
Saturday, Dec. 18 Broad Street United Methodist Church Choir
Sunday, Dec. 19 Grove City Chamber Singers

From a rooftop Santa Town with thousands of lights and hundreds of Christmas trees, State Auto’s Christmas display has evolved into a display focused on a life-sized Nativity scene, recognized around the world for its beauty and attention to artistic and historic detail. In recent years, lighting and other decorations have been added, reminiscent of State Auto Christmas displays of years past.

The State Auto Insurance Group, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, is engaged primarily in writing personal and business insurance products exclusively through approximately 3,400 independent insurance agencies in 34 states and is proud to be a Trusted Choice® company partner. The State Auto Insurance Group include State Auto Financial Corporation (NASDAQ:STFC) and State Automobile Mutual Insurance Company, which is one of only 13 companies to be rated A+ (Superior) by the A.M. Best Company every year since 1954. Additional information can be found online at http://www.StateAuto.com/.

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