2009-12-17 / Local & State

Christmas In McConnellsburg A Crowd-Pleaser

Tower Bank wins window-decorating contest

Tower Bank took first place in the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s recent window decorating contest. Pictured, left to right, are the bank employees who put the winning display together: back row - Kim Sellers, Cathy Cline, Vicki Henry, Sharon Scanlon, Jessica Weaver, Karla Shadle, Karen Gordon; middle row - Rick Strait, Carole Palmer; front row - Bobbi Shoop, Kaitlin Daniels. Not pictured is Trudy Morton. Submitted Photos      Tower Bank took first place in the Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s recent window decorating contest. Pictured, left to right, are the bank employees who put the winning display together: back row - Kim Sellers, Cathy Cline, Vicki Henry, Sharon Scanlon, Jessica Weaver, Karla Shadle, Karen Gordon; middle row - Rick Strait, Carole Palmer; front row - Bobbi Shoop, Kaitlin Daniels. Not pictured is Trudy Morton. Submitted Photos STAFF REPORT

The Chamber of Commerce & Tourism’s annual “Christmas In McConnellsburg” celebration Dec. 4 and 5 at the Fulton Theatre came off without a hitch and had lots of shoppers, according to event organizers Deb Toothman and Dawn Harnish.

More than 400 people showed up to do a little Christmas shopping at home and, the chamber says, were delighted with the wide variety of gift items offered by local craftspeople and vendors.

Friday evening Santa Claus made good on his promise to the chamber and spent some time having his photograph taken with “Christmas In McConnellsburg’s” youngest visitors. Lisa’s Photo Creations donated time and supplies and will make a donation to Fulton County Catholic Mission that will be matched by the chamber.

Uncle Clem’s horse-drawn wagon rides were a hit at this year’s “Christmas In McConnellsburg.” Uncle Clem’s horse-drawn wagon rides were a hit at this year’s “Christmas In McConnellsburg.” Snow arrived on Saturday, giving a real Christmas feel to the day’s activities, which included Uncle Clem’s donation of horse-drawn wagon rides around the downtown. Folks lined up for more than two hours to take wagon rides and every trip had a full load.

An additional Saturday highlight was a gingerbreadhouse decorating contest for kids that attracted 115 competitors.

Another chamber holiday activity this year was its first annual window-decorating contest for McConnellsburg businesses. Eight businesses participated, and the winners, chosen by Fulton County Art Club representatives, were Tower Bank, first place; Summer Thyme Floral, second place; Peck’s Insurance, third place; and Grammy’s, honorable mention. Other participating businesses included MacDonald’s Pharmacy, Johnnie’s Diner, Horton’s Floors and More and Treasure Trove.

The chamber gives a hats off to the community for its holiday support.

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