2017-12-06 / Front Page

Winter Fest draws thousands in second year

by Trish Rudder


A float by the American Legion Junior Auxiliary was represented in the parade. photo by Trish Rudder A float by the American Legion Junior Auxiliary was represented in the parade. photo by Trish Rudder A cool clear night brought out about 2,500 people Saturday night to watch the Second Annual Winter Fest Parade in Berkeley Springs.

With “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town” and other Christmas songs blaring from the vehicles pulling the floats to the delight of the kids (both young and old), the kick off to the holidays by the Town of Bath was deemed a success by the spectators.

The parade watchers came prepared with chairs to sit right on Washington Street and blankets were wrapped around the kids.

The front-row sitters watched candy thrown from the floats and sometimes landed right at their feet.

Maddix Sullivan, five, who was all bundled up in his chair and blanket, came with his mom, Charity Sullivan. “I’m excited to see who’s all in it,” she said before the parade began.


The large evergreen on the Fairfax Green was decorated with strands of Christmas lights and was lit at the end of the parade. The large evergreen on the Fairfax Green was decorated with strands of Christmas lights and was lit at the end of the parade. Steven Schmidt, eight, a second grader at Widmyer Elementary School, made one of the ornaments that dressed the trees in town, as well as sister Leyla Schmidt, a first grader at Widmyer. They said they loved the parade this year.

Town of Bath Mayor Scott Merki said he was happy with the large turnout.

“Events like this is what brings the community together. And it helps our businesses grow,” Merki said.

He said local contractor Mr. Electric Inc. got most of the street lights repaired on the south side of town last Friday so they would be ready for the parade.

Merki said the event would not have come together without the donations to the Christmas Decorations Project and the efforts of its committee members Hunter Clark, Ashleigh Lutman, Jake Miller and Town of Bath employees Codi Ford and Danielle Swope.

Ford and Swope are also the Winter Fest Parade coordinators.

The number of parade entries was up from last year, Ford said on Monday with 58 participants.

“I think it was fabulous,” she said.

The event ended with the crowd cheering as the large evergreen tree on the Fairfax Green was lighted from top to bottom with white Christmas bulbs. People also joined carolers from Greenwood Methodist Church at the gazebo in Berkeley Springs State Park for songs and hot chocolate.

“This was a total community effort,” Merki said.

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