12/5/2017 3:40:00 PM Christmas spirit floods downtown streets of Wellston for second annual event
Following the annual Lions Club Christmas Parade, the members of the 2018 Coal Festival Royal Court took the chance to visit with Old Saint Nick himself. Pictured front row from the left are 2018 Little Miss Second Attendant Mackenzee Dugan, Santa, Little Miss Queen Emma Figgins, and Little Miss First Attendant Aarolyn Dupree. Pictured in the back row from the left are 2018 Coal Festival Queen Jenna Secrest, Second Attendant Jamiee Bixler, First Attendant Madison McCormick, Junior Miss Second Attendant Khloe Shotts, Junior Miss Queen Camryn Womeldorf, and Junior Miss First Attendant Kate McLain. (Telegram Photos By Phillip Buffington)
Members of the Wellston High School Rocket Rhapsody Choir are shown singing Christmas carols as part of the second annual Christmas Treats on Wellston Streets event. The group performed under the direction of Debby Darling.
For the second year in a row, the Christmas season was officially ushered into the City of Wellston via the Christmas Treats on Wellston Streets event.
Saturday, Dec. 2 saw numerous civic groups, churches, businesses and individuals gather together in downtown Wellston for a myriad of holiday-related events and all-around good cheer. Candy canes, hot chocolate, scavenger hunts, carolers, the annual Lions Club Christmas Parade - it was all included in the family-fun-filled day sponsored by the Wellston Main Street organization.
Throughout the day, folks were able to visit the various attractions and enter to win a number of prizes. Some of the major prizes in this year's Christmas Treats on Wellston Streets event were a total of five $50 bills (sponsored by Sam Jenkins of the Jenkins Funeral Chapel), a Henry Golden Boy .22 caliber rifle (purchased and donated by Charlie Hudson), a gift basket (donated by the Wellston Church of God) and a $500 cash prize (sponsored by the Wellston Main Street group).
Prize winners were announced following the tree-lighting ceremony at the Wellston City Building that evening.
Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier was overjoyed with the number of people that took part in the second annual event.
"Much thanks goes to all of the community groups for our wonderful weekend," Pelletier stated. "Wellston Main Street, the Coal Festival/Ohilco Society, Make Wellston Beautiful, the Lions Club, the Rotary, Masons/Black Diamond Lodge, the Fire and Police Departments, the churches and businesses, and especially all of the individual volunteers that make our town so special. May you all have a blessed Christmas!"
Wellston Main Street President Charlie Hudson had correctly guessed that this year's Christmas Treats on Wellston Streets would be larger than last year's inaugural event (which was considered a great success), as even more groups had come onboard. One such new event was the Christmas tree display at Pride Park, which was made possible by the Coal Festival Committee.
Overall, the addition of more businesses and civic groups becoming involved in this now annual event, is what Hudson said the Wellston Main Street group is all about - bringing people together for the good of Wellston.