ELDERSVILLE, Pa. - The 25th annual Christmas in the Village craft festival is one of most successful, according to Peggy Strain, Jefferson Township Historical Society secretary.
"We've been doing great, even though it's been really cold," she said Saturday. "We ran out of parking spots and all the lots are full."
The craft festival will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today throughout the village on Fire Road, Cedar Grove Road, Eldersville Road and Church Road.
FACE PAINT — Rainbow the Clown paints Weirton resident Devan Collins’s face during the annual Eldersville Christmas in the Village craft festival Saturday. The festival continues from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today throughout the village. -- Summer Wallace-Minger
In celebration of the event's silver anniversary, this year's theme is "Red and Silver Nutcrackers." More than 50 crafters are participating, many of which will be set up at the White Church, Eldersville United Methodist Church, former Eldersville School, Jefferson Township Volunteer Fire Department hall and Heritage Hall. The event only accepts those crafters who have handmade 80 percent of their wares and doesn't accept commercial vendors.
Red-and-white welcome signs have been placed on all those buildings in the village which have crafters set up and selling their wares.
Saturday saw several special events, including a Breakfast With Santa sponsored by the fire department, a parade, live music at the former school, and a chili cook-off contest and Dinner With Santa sponsored by the Methodist Church.
The parade float winner was the Paris Presbyterian Church with their float, "Angels Are Everywhere."
The Burgettstown Community Library is sponsoring a children's area, which includes a play area, crafts and face-painting and balloon animals by Rainbow the Clown. The area is located behind the fire hall, and children are to be accompanied by an adult.
The Village Express miniature train, created by Dave Choman, will be running today, and Carriage Limousine will be offering horse-and-buggy rides throughout the day.
In the White Church, historical society member Judy Cooper is collecting photographs and biographical information about area veterans for a pictorial book the society hopes to compile. Any area veteran is welcome to submit their information, and the society has a display on local veterans on view.
There is a Chinese auction at the Christmas in the Village pavilion behind the fire hall, and the fire department is selling homemade apple butter and kettle corn.
The festival is a joint effort by the fire department, historical society, Methodist church and Cornerstone Mennonite Church.
Food will be available at the fire hall, the Methodist Church, Heritage Hall and the Cornerstone Mennonite Church.
Admission and parking are free.