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Holiday in the Park opens Saturday

Steve Farra, right, co-owner of Farra’s Welding, and employee Jacob Addis, right, on Tuesday install a display for the annual Holiday in the Park exhibit at City Park. The lighting ceremony will be held 6 p.m. Saturday at the park horseshoe pit. (Photo by Wayne Towner)

PARKERSBURG — The annual Holiday in the Park lights display at City Park in Parkersburg will kick off with a lighting ceremony 6 p.m. Saturday at the City Park horseshoe pits where there will be holiday music, speeches by local dignitaries, recognition of past supporters and Santa Claus handing out candy canes.

Holiday In the Park, which runs through Dec. 31 and includes displays in Southwood Park, will feature about 75 displays sponsored by Holiday in the Park, businesses, groups and organizations, according to Steve Farra, co-president of the Holiday in the Park committee.

Some of the displays have been updated and improved, but Farra said a couple of the larger exhibits could not be refurbished in time for this year’s display, including the dragon and knight and the 12 Days of Christmas displays.

No new displays are in the show from the park committee, Farra said.

“This year we’ve concentrated on some of the older ones, rewiring and re-doing them … reframing them and putting new lights on them, stuff like that,” he said.

Swans sit next to the City Park Pond during last year’s Holiday in the Park display at City Park. (File Photo)

Winners of the annual coloring contest will be announced Saturday and Santa Claus will be there to present the winners with their certificate and $25 gift card.

The Parkersburg Fire Department will be giving attendees rides around the park to view the lights on a fire truck.

The Henry Cooper Log Cabin Museum, operated by the Centennial Chapter of the Daughters of the American Pioneers, will be open 6-8 p.m. Saturday after the ceremony for no charge. Refreshments will be served.

Horse-drawn wagon rides will be featured through the season, weather permitting.

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