NEW HAVEN — An old tradition will be renewed over the Christmas holiday in the Town of New Haven, when a decorating contest is conducted Dec. 17.
The contest is one of several holiday events announced for the Bend Area town. Others include the annual parade, a visit with Santa, and the New Haven Fire Department Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Craft Show.
The decorating contest was held in years past, but stopped over recent times. It is being revived this year and is open for both residences and businesses.
According to Recorder Roberta Hysell, the judging for the outside decorations will take place the evening of Thursday, Dec. 17, but anyone wishing to participate must sign up at town hall by Dec. 15. Cash prizes will be awarded to first-, second-, and third-place winners in two categories — traditional and most creative.
All other Christmas activities will take place on Saturday, Dec. 5.
Hysell said the annual parade will begin at 11 a.m., with line-up at 10:30 a.m. at the community center off Layne Street. The parade will travel to the former NAPA building, and those interested in participating are asked to call the town hall.
Leading the parade this year will be quarter horses owned by Amy Carr. Carr is the mother of New Haven’s newest police officer, Devin Walker.
After the parade, Santa will be taking wish lists from the children at the fire station. He will be giving out treats, as well.
Also that day at the fire station will be the auxiliary craft show, which is slated from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
According to organizer Shelby Duncan, crafters are coming from as far as Parkersburg and Spencer, as well as Bidwell and Long Bottom, Ohio, to sell their wares. There are some new vendors this year, and a variety of craft items being offered, including wood crafts, ceramics, soaps and lotions, candles, baskets, jewelry and more. The fire department’s famous dish cloths will also be available at the show.
The kitchen will be open, selling tacos in a bag, hot dogs, drinks and other food items. Duncan said Maranatha Cornerstone Church will be set up and giving away free popcorn.
Duncan said while the fire station is filled to capacity with 54 crafters having tables, she is taking names for a wait list in case someone cancels. She can be reached at 304-882-2814.
For more information on the parade or decorating contest, contact town hall at 304-882-3203.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.