File photo from a previous Christmas parade on Main Street in Buckhannon.
File photo from a previous Christmas parade on Main Street in Buckhannon.

City of Buckhannon sets date for Christmas parade

BUCKHANNON – The City of Buckhannon’s Consolidated Public Works Board approved two holiday-themed events for December.

Justin Bowers with New Community Church attended the board’s Oct. 28 meeting to request the use of Jawbone Park on Dec. 12 for an event called ‘A Walk to Christmas.’

“We’re going to have different stations set up for kids and families as they walk through,” Bowers said. “There’s going to be a hot chocolate table and a place where they can make their own Christmas ornaments.”

Board member CJ Rylands asked if any other groups or organizations were participating in the event.

“It’s possible we will pull in a couple other churches and allow them to be part of that, but we haven’t gotten that far yet,” Bowers said. “We wanted to make sure we had the space before we opened the door to anybody else, but we’d love to partner with anybody else that wanted a stand or a booth.”

The board also approved the 2021 Christmas parade for Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.

“We didn’t do it last year due to COVID, but the fire department would like to resume with the city’s Christmas parade,” mayor Robbie Skinner said. “Traditionally, this is held the first Friday of December, and that would be Dec. 3 at 6 p.m.”

Santa Claus will also make an appearance at Jawbone Park during the event.

The Consolidated Public Works Board set a date and time for their combined November and December meeting.

“This time of year, we start running into holidays, so we typically merge the November and December meetings,” Skinner said. “The date we’ve come up with is Nov. 30 — that’s a Tuesday at 7:30 a.m., the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.”

Skinner said he wanted to invite the city horticulturist Dixie Green to discuss plans for the next planting season.

“We could talk about the wrap-up and then talk about next year, and Mr. Rylands has some ideas for improved baskets on Main Street,“ Skinner said. “This should be a good time to talk about that.”

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