‘Cozy Country Christmas’ festival deemed a success

CHESTER — The 2017 Chester Hometown Christmas festival was deemed another success, according to the Hometown Christmas Committee.

Held last Saturday, the annual Christmas celebration — under the theme “Cozy Country Christmas” — included numerous events for families including children’s activities at Chester City Park; a chili cook off, sponsored by the Chester Lions Club, and the Hometown Christmas Committee’s chinese auction, both at the Chester fire station; several vendors and businesses presenting their goods, and the annual Hometown Christmas Parade.

Festival committee spokeswoman Kristi O’Rourke said the committee issues a thanks to the local businesses and residents for their support in making the day-long celebration successful again.

“Our goal was to have a fun-filled day, and I think we’ve accomplished that,” O’Rourke said.

More than 50 participants took part in the parade, which featured a variety of floats, fire trucks, and entertainment from groups throughout the area

Four awards were presented: Hancock County Savings Bank was selected as this year’s best overall float; Beaver Local High School’s marching band took home best band; Kester’s Dance won best dance; and Liverpool Township was honored as best EMS.

Prizes also were awarded for best decorated businesses during the celebration: Marlene’s A Cut Above won kids choice; Nationwide Insurance won the mayor’s choice; and Frank’s Pastry won people’s choice, which was determined via online voting on the festival’s Facebook page.

O’Rourke also reported a larger turnout than anticipated for the children’s activities which took place inside Badgley Pavilion at the city park, with the line extending outside the building. Children there were able to take pictures with Santa Claus, decorate their own plates, write letters to the troops serving overseas, and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.

In addition, a total of $732 was collected from this year’s auction, with proceeds going to the FISH.