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West Point prepares for Winter Carnival

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Courtesy: Judy Wilkinson Courtesy: Judy Wilkinson
Courtesy: Judy Wilkinson Courtesy: Judy Wilkinson
Courtesy: Judy Wilkinson Courtesy: Judy Wilkinson
WEST POINT, Ga. -

The City of West Point's second annual Winter Carnival will be held Saturday, Nov. 23 at the West Point Depot and Museum.

This year's Winter Carnival will be an all day event beginning at 10 a.m. and ending at 8 p.m.

KIA of West Point is sponsoring snow tubing for the festival. Carnival organizer Judy Wilkinson says, "We are excited to partner with KIA to bring such an unique experience to many who never get a chance to see this much snow."

Snow tubing will be free to the public, and it can be enjoyed by adults and children of all ages. Tubing will begin at 4 p.m., but snowmaking will start at 1 p.m. if citizens would like to watch the snow being made.

The Winter Carnival will have Christmas Caroling and other musical entertainment, and a Cake Walk to benefit the West Point Food Closet. You can also enjoy holiday goodies and other food from Mrs. Claus' Kitchen, reindeer games and inflatables for the children, holiday crafts at Santa's Workshop, and shopping at the Holiday Market featuring over 70 vendors and downtown businesses. A Tacky Holiday Sweater Contest will also take place on the stage at 5 p.m.

Santa will arrive at the Depot at 6 p.m. At 7p.m. Mayor Ferguson and the City Council will light up the city's Christmas Tree. The festivities will end shortly after 8 p.m. with a special reading of "Twas The Night Before Christmas" presented by Hawkes Library.

The City of West Point is also currently seeking businesses, organizations and schools to sponsor and decorate trees in the Depot parking lot for the Festival of Trees Decorating Contest.

Ribbons will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. There will also be a People's Choice Award. From 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. the day of the carnival. Attendees will vote for their favorite tree by donating change. The money will be donated to the charity designated by each tree sponsor. The trees will stay up until after the New Year.

If you would like to participate in West Point's Winter Carnival, visit the city's event page, West Point Happenings on Facebook, or contact Judy Wilkinson at jlwilkinsonconsulting@gmail.com.

Jessi Mitchell

Jessi joined the WRBL news team in October 2012 after working as a freelance production assistant for MTV Networks in Los Angeles.
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