The evening’s festivities began with the Santa arriving for free photos with the children. The Opus and Gentlemen Singers sang Christmas carols including “Oh, Christmas Tree” which signaled the crowd to gather outside to light the tree. Miss West Virginia 2013, Miranda Harrison, had the honor of plugging in the lights of the over ten foot tall evergreen. This year’s tree was generously donated by Wierzbicki Christmas Tree Farm in Lansing, Ohio. The tree will stay illuminated throughout the holiday season to symbolize appreciation for the community’s kindness and support. In attendance was W.Va. State Auditor Glen Gainer. Gainer has attended this event for several years and plans to continue to join this tradition with the Moundsville community.
The next day, Miss West Virginia 2013 delivered a sack of toys on behalf of Gold, Khourey & Turak to the WVU Children’s Hospital. “It brings me joy to meet so many wonderful children and community members around the Mountain State,” Harrison commented, “I especially enjoyed the tree lighting and holiday celebration in Moundsville, W.V. I’m proud to represent my home state this year.”
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