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Community support appreciated

The Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 26th year on Nov. 21, 2020, a little differently than in past with no opening ceremonies. Because of the pandemic the committee decided all opening functions would be canceled to keep the community safe. 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.

We had a record number of visitors through Parkersburg City Park this year. The ever-popular “Letters To Santa” were delivered to the North Pole for the youngsters who deposited them in the special “Santa Mailbox.”

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, our park would remain dark over the holiday season. 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. A great “thank you” to our members who came out each night to make sure everything was up and running.

All donations received at the volunteer donation booth go back into making more displays, maintaining and repairing the existing displays that belong to Holiday in the Park, and purchasing lighting equipment. For the first time we sent out a notice asking for people to “adopt” and decorate the picnic shelters. Thank you to the people who stepped up to do these decorations.

The Holiday in the Park Board and Committee continue with their pledge to make the 2021 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/Secretary

Nancy Wilcox, Treasurer

Holiday in the Park Board and Committee

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