County funds events

ELKINS — Two area organizations were allotted funding Thursday from the Randolph County Commission to assist in events that will bring food, fun and even Santa Claus to the region.

The Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce received $3,000 to put on their annual Christmas parade and Tygarts Valley Fairs and Festivals received $5,000 for their Christmas dinner. The funding will be taken from the hotel/motel tax budget line item.

Wendy Hill, executive director for the ERCCC, said the parade, set to kick-off at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 6, will again feature a number of activities at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA following its conclusion.

“We will have Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus at the Y immediately after the parade where (guests) will get refreshments. We will have a winter wonderland area where they can sit on Santa’s lap and give him their wish list,” Hill said. “They will be making Christmas cards to hand out to an area facility and they will also get a gift at the end of the night.”

An alternative date for the event, in case of inclement weather, will be Dec. 8. Anyone interested in participating in the parade can find a parade entry form online at or on the ERCCC Facebook page.

The annual Tygarts Valley Fairs and Festival Christmas parade and dinner will take place on Dec. 3 in Mill Creek.

“Every year at Christmas time we have a parade. The lineup will be at the water plant at 1:30 p.m. and the parade starts at 2 p.m.,” Nick Taylor, representative for Tygarts Valley Fairs and Festivals, said. “It will end at George Ward (Elementary School), the regular parade route we do every year.”

Nick Taylor said they usually have 300-400 people in attendance and noted the event is free to the public.

He added that dinners may also be delivered to those physically unable to make it out to the event.

“We have dinner at the senior center in Mill Creek. Anybody and everybody is invited. We have people that come from Harman, Pickens and Elkins,” he said.

Prior to the commission approving the requests, Randolph County Commission President Mike Taylor said he believes these types of holiday events are good because they bring communities together.

“It is that time of year and I think it’s nice to see the communities — Elkins, Mill Creek and the others — gathering together to keep the spirit of Christmas alive,” Mike Taylor said.

Commissioner Chris See added that he believes the events are popular within the communities.

“I appreciate you all taking your time to put these events together,” See said. “They both benefit a lot of people, and people really do seem to enjoy it.”

The final two Randolph County Commission meetings of 2017 are scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 and Dec. 19.