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A Covered Bridge Christmas trees await decorators

Submitted photo Greg Williams and Philippi Mayor Phil Bowers bring Christmas trees to the courthouse square.

PHILIPPI — Volunteers, once again, are at work in Philippi. This time it is in placing the 114 trees around the Barbour County Courthouse Square as part of this year’s A Covered Bridge Christmas celebration.

Once Greg Williams and Philippi Mayor Phil Bowers and Patty Evans and Linda Menear place all the trees, community organizations and individuals will descend upon the square to decorate the live trees they have requested for this year. Verle Brown of the courthouse and volunteers with the Community Corrections Program also assist in placing the trees.

Menear said all 114 trees on the Courthouse Square have been claimed along with the numerous trees at the Blue and Gray Park on the Route 119 side of the Philippi Covered Bridge. The trees in the park were offered to families of the Sago Mine tragedy who were invited to decorate the trees in honor of their loved ones.

The decorated trees have been a drawing card for visitors to downtown Philippi since they first appeared in 2017. The decorated trees along with the town’s buildings outlined in lights, the snowflake light pole decorations, and the mini Philippi Village, now on the lot next to the Chinese Restaurant on Main Street, showcase Philippi’s Main Street as a Christmas village. A Covered Bridge Christmas Committee invites local citizens and those from the surrounding areas to visit Philippi during the Christmas season to enjoy the Christmas spirit visible throughout the community.

For a complete listing of events of this Christmas season in Philippi, visit www.coveredbridgechristmas.com and A Covered Bridge Christmas on Facebook.