POMEROY — Plans for Christmas events, ranging from downtown decorating to the parade highlighted by the arrival of Santa, were discussed at this week’s meeting of the Pomeroy Merchants Association.
Holding to tradition, the parade will be held on the Sunday after Thanksgiving at 2 p.m. Toney Dingess is again this year in charge of the parade which will begin near the ball field beginning at 1 p.m. and move out at 2 p.m. for downtown Pomeroy. As in previous years, everyone and every organization is invited to participate, even pets hopefully costumed for the occasion.The highlight of course is the arrival of Santa. For more information Dingess can be contacted at 591-2260. While he would like to be advised of entries, that is not required.
“Just show up and take part,” Dingess said.
Immediately following the parade, Santa will move to Peoples Bank where photographs of the children sitting on Santa’s knee will be taken at no charge. There will also be a treat for the children.
Meantime, the members of the Merchants Association are busy getting the village decorated for the holiday season. Decorations of the two gazebos on the parking lot are being decorated by the Sacred Heart Church and the New Beginnings United Methodist Church. The stage area scene of Trinity Church will be put in place by employees of Farmers Bank. Trinity Church has been asked to provide music for the downtown area through the church system. Stores will be open for holiday shoppers.
Again this year, Brian Howard of the Merchants Association and Farmers Bank will be conducting another kids Christmas shopping tour beginning on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. Children are to gather on the downtown bank’s parking lot and move from there for visits to the stores who are being requested to have tables of gifts costing $10 and under. Santa’s helpers will be available to help the children select and even wrap gifts for their “special someone.” While the children are on their shopping trip, parents are encouraged to visit the downtown businesses to shop or just to check out what is available and get ideas for Christmas giving.
Meanwhile, everything is ready for the candy, cookies and crafts contests, a program of the Merchants Association sponsored by the three banks Farmers, Ohio Valley and Peoples, on the first three Saturday mornings of December. The candy contest will be held at Peoples Bank on Dec. 1, the cookie contest at the Ohio Valley Bank in Save-a-Lot on Dec. 8 and the crafts at Farmers Bank in its new facility on East Main, on Dec. 15.
For the candy and cookie contests, participants are to take five pieces on a paper plate with their name, address and telephone number written on the back sometime before noon when the judging will take place. The winner of the tastiest in each category will win a $50 prize, with the second place winner to be given a lesser gift by the bank. As for the crafts and all kinds are accepted, they are to be taken to Farmers Bank anytime during the week of Dec. 10 for a display in the lobby. The judging will take on Saturday, Dec. 15.
Winners will be notified immediately after the noon judging has been completed. At each of the contests a picture of the winner will be taken displaying their entry with a member of the sponsoring bank for the newspaper.