MASON — Former Mayor Helen Johnson threw the official switch to light the Town of Mason Christmas tree Thursday evening among a large crowd.
Johnson was introduced by Mayor Donna Dennis, who welcomed those attending. Dennis told of the town renewing the tradition of a town tree, and the hope that the lighting ceremony will continue on an annual basis.
The 12-foot tree was donated by Bob’s Market and Greenhouses, Inc. Town workers decorated the tree earlier in the week with multicolored lights, and topped it with the star.
Members of the Wahama High School Concert Choir, under the direction of Rachel Reynolds, sang a number of traditional carols, including “O Christmas Tree,” following the lighting. Town employees served popcorn and hot chocolate to all those attending.
The next holiday event will be the Christmas parade on Saturday at noon, which will travel from the Faith Baptist Church parking lot to the town hall. Santa will greet the children following the parade and give out treats.
A Christmas lighting contest for residents within the municipality will be held later in the month. Prizes will include $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place.
Those wishing to enter must notify Michelle Pearson at the town hall in person or by calling 304-773-5200. The deadline is Dec. 16.
Judging the contest will be members of the Riverbend Arts Council in Meigs County. Winners will be announced at their homes on Dec. 22.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.