Parkersburg Holiday in the Park opened for the 18th year on Nov. 17 with new light displays as well as some of the standard, and much admired, ones from the past.
The traffic through Parkersburg City Park and Southwood Park stopped at the booth to express their pleasure with the hard work and long hours that all the volunteers contributed. Numerous individuals and businesses spent hours setting up and maintaining their displays. There are over 150 displays in City Park and Southwood Park that the all-volunteer board and committee, along with area businesses, provide for the pleasure of those driving or walking through the parks during the holiday season.
New exhibits this year were Lightning McQueen, several Peek-a-Boo Santas, Donkey from the "Shrek" movies, six new Nutcrackers located around the City Park pond, and new arches around the pond, just to name a few.
Students from Wood County elementary schools entered a coloring contest of Lightning McQueen with 12 winners receiving Gift Cards that were donated by WesBanco Bank, Community Bank, Advantage Bank and United Bank.
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, businesses and volunteers these parks would remain dark over the holiday season.
The board and committee continue with their pledge to make the 2013 Holiday in the Park displays a source of pride for the Mid-Ohio Valley.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Steve Cox is president of the Holiday in the Park Board and Committee.