BURGETTSTOWN - Once again, downtown Burgettstown will be lit by the glow of approximately 40 Christmas trees decorated by residents, groups and businesses.
The annual Christmas light up ceremonies will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Burgettstown Community Park on Main Street, according to Councilman Jim Reedy.
A few trees are still available, and those groups and individuals wanting to decorate a tree should contact Reedy at (724) 947-4241 or the Burgettstown Kids Center at (724) 947-0744.
LIGHT UP — The Burgettstown annual Christmas light up ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Burgettstown Community Park on Main Street. Borough Councilman Jim Reedy, left, and Santa will be on hand during the community event. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
"Come on out and see Santa light up the trees," said Reedy. "This is an important activity in the community. It promotes togetherness, and people who haven't seen each other in a while plan on meeting here yearly. We look forward to seeing all our old friends and making new ones, proving that Burgettstown is a close-knit community."
The trees were delivered Tuesday, borough crews were scheduled to line the main walkway through the park with the trees and string electrical outlets Wednesday, and the trees should ready to be decorated today, Reedy said Tuesday.
"Advice to the competitive - the later you decorate your tree, the nicer it will stay," said Reedy.
The event started more than six years ago with 10 trees, and has grown each year, adding trees and participants.
"It's a great event - look how far it has come," said Reedy. "It really is lots and lots of fun.
Trees, decorated by area residents, businesses and groups, compete for two prizes, the judges' choice and the people's choice. A panel of judges will judge the trees based on creativity, theme, lights and overall presentation, and award first, second and third place, said Reedy.
In addition, those attending will be able to vote on their favorites, he said. The tree which received the greatest number of ballots will be crowned the people's choice winner.
"We welcome everyone to take a look at the trees and vote for their favorites," said Reedy.
Entertainment scheduled includes the Bill Chamberlain's vocal students and gospel vocal group Three For One, according to Reedy.
Santa also will attend the festivities, flipping the switch to light up the trees.
The trees will remain in the park and on display and lit nightly throughout the holiday season until shortly after New Year's Day.
"Go and take a walk through the park and see who all decorated a tree and be the judge of which is the best," said Reedy.
Refreshments, including hot chocolate, hot dogs and cookies, will be available, said Reedy, who thanked the volunteers who help stage the event each year.
"Come and enjoy," said Reedy.
(Wallace-Minger can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)