Holiday in the Park thankful

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 24th year on Nov. 17, 2018, with Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews as Master of Ceremonies and he was also selected as Honorary Chair for the 2018 Holiday in the Park.

The new light displays added this year were the Angel at Veterans Memorial, elves playing basketball, the marble game, and more snowman heads. Also, Astorg Motors employees took over decorating the train. There are over 150 displays in the City Park that the all-volunteer board and committee, along with area businesses, provide for the pleasure of those driving or walking through the park during the holiday season.

Students from Wood County elementary schools entered a coloring contest with 12 winners receiving gift cards donated by WesBanco Bank, Community Bank, Peoples Bank, and United Bank and presented to the students at opening ceremonies. The ever-popular “Letters To Santa” were delivered to the North Pole for the youngsters who deposited them in the special “Santa Mailbox.”

The rainy days and evenings at the beginning of the season was a continuing factor in keeping the lights lit each night and a great “thank you” to those who came out each night to make sure everything was up and running. The wet weather played havoc with several of the displays.

The Holiday in the Park Board and Committee appreciates the citizens of the Mid-Ohio Valley and their guests for the continued support shown to this event. Without the support of our community and volunteers, these parks would remain dark over the holiday season.

A special “thank you” to Hank Oldaker of Empire Builders for coming in and helping set up the larger displays. Volunteers are needed to continue making this holiday event a showcase for the Mid-Ohio Valley. A special thanks to the businesses and individuals who donated their time to work evenings at the donation booth, sometimes in cold and wet weather. Every penny received at the volunteer donation booth goes back into making more displays, maintaining and repairing the existing displays that belong to Holiday in the Park, and purchasing lighting equipment.

The carriage rides again were popular for evenings of pleasure rides for those wanting to travel through City Park via carriage.

The Holiday in the Park Board and Committee continue with their pledge to make the 2019 Holiday in the Park displays a source of pride for the Mid-Ohio Valley and look forward to new people joining the committee. Holiday in the Park is entirely an all-volunteer board and committee.

Bruce and Steve Farra, Co-Presidents

Jonelle Merritt, Vice President

Vickie Marshall, Secretary

Nancy Wilcox, Treasurer

Holiday in the Park

Board and Committee

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