Many enjoy Winterfest celebration

PARKERSBURG — A day-long series of holiday activities ended Saturday evening with the fifth annual Winterfest celebration in downtown Parkersburg.

The day began Saturday morning with the Vienna Holly Days Parade, followed by the annual Parkersburg Christmas Parade.

For the past five years, Downtown PKB has been organizing Winterfest in the downtown area centered on the Parkersburg Municipal Building and Bicentennial Park.

Following the Parkersburg parade, the Winterfest activities included free tours of downtown museums, live performances throughout the evening, a train ride on the Grand Central Express and activities for children.

A ceremony was held at 6 p.m. at Bicentennial Park that included a performance by Schrader Youth Ballet, a tree lighting ceremony and fireworks. After Winterfest concluded, participants were invited to St. Francis Xavier Church for a holiday concert.

Sara Klesel, of Vienna, was attending Winterfest with her son Grey for the first time Saturday.

“We just came down to enjoy the fun and to see what all they had to offer,” Klesel said. “We’ve had so much fun, it’s been neat seeing the rides and so much crafts for the kids.”

As they have in previous years, Vienna residents Kendra and Brandon Schirtzinger were attending Winterfest with their sons, Braxton and Brantley, both 5, after attending the Parkersburg Christmas Parade.

“We enjoy it, it’s really neat to see fireworks in the winter,” Kendra said.

“This is great for people in the area and I think they should keep it up,” she added.

Several downtown restaurants were open for dinner before, during or after the event. Those participating included Brunello in the Blennerhassett Hotel, the Crystal Cafe, Jimmy Johns, Maka Mia, Market Street Yarn & Crafts, the Parkersburg Brewing Co., the Coffee Bar and Unity Cafe.

Sponsors supporting Winterfest were CSL Plasma, Dupont, United Way Alliance of the Mid-Ohio Valley and WVU Medicine Camden Clark.

Wayne Towner can be reached at wtowner@newsandsentinel.com


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