WILLIAMSON – The Action in Mingo (AIM) group has released information regarding the annual Great White Way/ Christmas Extravaganza scheduled for Saturday, December 3 in downtown Williamson.
The day- long event begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 8:00 p.m. with a variety of events and activities scheduled throughout the day.
Vendors are welcome at the event for a fee of $25 per booth. To reserve a booth contact Jada Hunter at 304-235-0909.
Businesses, organizations and families are also invited to enter the Christmas tree decorating contest. Last year’s business winner was the Williamson Health and Wellness Center, the organization winner was the Lion’s Club and the Hatfield’s were the family winner.
Stores, offices, and restaurants are also encouraged to decorate their store fronts and windows for a window display contest. In the past, participation required all white lights but this year those with colored lights will also be considered in the judging. Last year, Hurley Drug and First National Bank tied for first place.
Several events have been planned for the Great White Way event. The United Methodist Church will have their Annual Men’s Club Pancake Breakfast from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m.
Horse and buggy rides will begin at 10 a.m. The price is $5 for adults and $2 for children 12 and younger. To schedule a ride call Jada Hunter at 304-235-0909. Sign-ups will also be available at the Cinderella Theater the day of the event.
A Gingerbread House Workshop will be provided for children age 5 – 13 from 10 a.m. until noon at the First Baptist Church. The workshop will be followed by a spelling bee for children and adults from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.
Christmas carolers will begin singing in downtown Williamson at noon on the steps of the Mingo County Courthouse. Popcorn and soda will also be available for .25 cents at the Cinderella Theater beginning at noon.
AIM and the City of Williamson are sponsoring the annual holiday bake- off. The contest begins at 2 p.m. Winners will receive $100 for first place, $75 for second and $25 for third place.
Margaret Pinson will return this year with her unique doll display from the hours of noon to 2 p.m. Pinson will also judge the unique doll contest. Other displays inside the Cinderella theater include handmade ornament displays from area schools, handmade quilt displays, train set displays and storytelling.
There will also be an Ornament Decorating Workshop for children at 2 p.m.
Alexis Batausa with the Tug Valley Road Runners Club will be hosting a Reindeer Run for children age 3 to 10. Participants are asked to meet at the Mingo County Courthouse.
Adults are invited to enter the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest again this year in the lobby of the Cinderella Theater at 4 p.m.
The Mingo Central High Choir, directed by Sarah McVarney will be the featured Christmas Carolers at 4 p.m.
The annual Great White Way Christmas parade will begin at 5 p.m. with line up scheduled at 4:30. Families and organizations are invited to enter the float contest for a chance to win $100.
Following the parade, children may visit with Santa and Mrs. Clause and receive a free treat bag at the Cinderella Theater and everyone will be given free chili, hot chocolate or wassail and receive free samples from the Holiday Bake Off.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)