WILLIAMSON - The annual “Great White Way” Celebration was once again, a successful event that brought family and friends together to welcome the Christmas season to the city of Williamson.
President Jada Hunter of the Action in MingoOrganization, said she would like to thank everyone who helped make this year’s Christmas parade day a success.
The day was filled with activities and kicked off with a pancake breakfast, sponsored by the First United Methodist Church Men’s Group. This was followed by the Gingerbread House Workshop at the Sycamore Inn, which played host to 20 participants. Handmade ornaments, stockings and wreaths created by Greg Wireman’s Tug Valley High School art students as well as the third-grade class at Riverside Elementary, were on display inside the Cinderella Theatre, where most of the events took place.
Chairman of this activity, Vicki Pinson, reported that the winners of the third-grade division were (in order of their placement) Leah Banks, Alexis Ramey and Jeanna Curry. Tug Valley High winners were Andrea Newsome, Shae Fitzpatrick and Kathryn Watkins.
The top three quilt-entry winners were Patricia Runyon, Carol Lowe and Joanne Dotson. Francis Frye, who coordinated the Bake-Off contest as well as the “Visit with Santa,” told the Daily News that the following women claimed prizes in the event that definitely is a treat for those who have to taste the items to choose a winner. More than 30 people entered their prize desserts for a chance to win.
In the Best Cake category, first place was Bonnie Lipps, second was Debbie Canterbury and third was Joyce Campbell. Best Candy was awarded to Lisa Davis, first; Judy Edminston, second; and Bonnie Lipps, third. The Tastiest Cookies went to first-place winner Trish Runyon, second place Lynn Barker, and third was Cathy Hardin. The top finisher in the Miscellaneous Dessert category was Ann Lipps, second place was Ruth Fuller and third went to Lynn Barker.
Margaret Pinson was gracious enough to display a large selection of antique dolls for the public to view. A spelling bee was held Saturday afternoon at the Sycamore Inn. Story Telling Hour, performed by Sonya Hatfield Hall, was a hit with kids of all ages.
The Sustainable Williamson and the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition sponsored a Festival of Trees and invited local businesses to adopt a live tree and decorate it. Eight businesses participated with first place being claimed by The Righteous Brew. Second place went to Hurley Drug Store and third was bestowed upon the Mingo County Assessor’s office.
Local singers entertained the crowd with a variety of music throughout the afternoon in front of the Coal House. Those who donated their time for the event include Rita Dempsey, Jessica McCoy, Carol Lowe, Valerie Williams, Mike Lucas, Beckie Dunn, Ralph and Elizabeth Psyzowski, the Rev. Joe Moore, Valley Voices Children’s Choir and the Mingo Central High School Choir.
A “Reindeer Run” was held for the children who wanted to test their speed, and was followed by the annual Christmas Parade. The “Visit With Santa” began after Jolly Ol’ St. Nick and Mrs. Claus arrived via a fire truck. Children had an opportunity to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him their Christmas wishes, and received a treat bag filled with goodies. Those in attendance also enjoyed delicious chili, soft drinks, hot chocolate and wassail.
The downtown Window Decorating Contest winners were: first place, Hurley Drug Store, second place The Mountaineer Hotel and third was claimed by The First National Bank of Williamson.
A special thanks was extended by Hunter to the AIM members who made the event possible. She said she wishes one and all a very Merry Christmas.