The Times West Virginian

December 5, 2013

Christmas in Our Town holiday tradition

By Kaylyn Christopher
Times West Virginian

FAIRMONT — On Saturday, Barrackville residents will celebrate the 11th annual Christmas in Our Town event.

DeEtta Hayes, chairman of the Christmas in Our Town committee, said that several people within the community have worked hard to organize the event, which has become a tradition for many.

“It has grown into the place where families come,” Hayes said. “People come home at that time to visit and take in the weekend, and citizens have home parties where they invite their neighbors.”

According to Hayes, the celebration will get started with a craft show that begins at 9:30 a.m. in the middle school gymnasium. Food vendors will start serving food at 4 p.m., she added.

And as people begin gathering on the streets, Hayes said, Barrackville Mayor Roy Meeks will kick off the evening portion of the celebration.

“The mayor will be saying a few words to open the celebration along with the county commissioners,” she said. “Then the mayor will light the community Christmas tree.”

Hayes said the community Christmas tree is a tribute to Barrackville residents who have passed away. In addition, Hayes said that veterans will be honored with a memorial wreath for Pearl Harbor Day.

Immediately following the opening ceremony, Hayes said the much-anticipated parade will get under way.

This year’s honorary parade marshal is Jackie Fitch, a Barrackville native who now lives in Fairmont. Fitch has been the president of the Barrackville Lions Club for three years and is the coordinator of Make Marion Shine.

The grand parade marshals are members of three Barrackville youth baseball teams that won this year’s Fringe League Tournaments.

In addition, the Christmas in Our Town committee has named select individuals as honorary senior citizens in the parade. Those individuals are: Mary and Darroll Courtney, Leona Swisher Greathouse and Oneda “Skeets” Hawkins Wise.

Hayes said the parade will cause some changes in traffic.

“During the parade, Pike Street will be closed off completely,” she said. “After the parade, it will open up from Saxman Street to the covered bridge.”

A fireworks show will conclude the evening and is set to begin between 8:30 and 8:45 p.m.

Hayes said other highlights of the event include the chili hut, an appearance by Mr. and Mrs. Claus, horse and buggy rides, trolley car rides, live entertainment by the local band Jenna Won’t Sing and more.

Hayes said she and the other members of the committee hope residents will come out and enjoy what the annual event has to offer.

“The Christmas in Our Town committee wants to encourage all citizens of Barrackville and the surrounding area to come out and enjoy the festivities, meet with friends and enjoy the fireworks and entertainment,” Hayes said.

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