Snow Prince and Princess crowned to host Home Town Christmas in Watervliet
By Annette Christie
Mild temperatures greeted visitors to the Home Town Christmas events in the community of Watervliet this past Sunday. It seems as though the warm weather made the numbers of people attending the various events to go up.
Things kicked off at 4:00 p.m. at the Watervliet Fire Department with the crowning of Watervliet’s Snow Prince and Princess. The contestants (26 in all) are in grades 6th thru 8th and from the community of Watervliet. The Snow Royalty is as follows: Prince Thomas Sando; First runner-up to Prince is Jonah Wise; Mr. Nice Guy Dameon Bell. Princess is Ella Harris; First runner-up to Princess Amaya Harrell; and Miss Congeniality Jodi Prillwitz. Voting was held throughout the community with all of the proceeds going to the community celebration.
The parade which brought Santa into town included the Watervliet Court of Honor, Mr. and Miss Firecracker and court, and all of the contestants in the Snow Prince and Princess contest. Santa was greeted at Arclight Brewing Company by a mass of little children waiting to meet him and Mrs. Claus.
SNOW ROYALTY 2018… Watervliet Snow Prince and Princess will represent their community at various events held throughout the next year. Snow Royalty 2018 is as fol-lows: Miss Congeniality Jodi Prillwitz; 1st Runner-up to Snow Princess Amaya Harrell; Snow Princess Ella Harris; Snow Prince Thomas Sando; 1st Runner-up Jonah Wise; and Mr. Nice Guy Dameon Bell. (Photo by Shawn Mead Photo-graphy)
Parade Chairperson Rose Smith is pleased with the number of entries that participated in the parade including the fire department, police department, Lest We Forget, Pennies from Heaven and the Grand Marshal Amanda Goss. Goss, a 2008 Hartford High School graduate is a cancer survivor.
Grand Marshall…. Amanda Goss
The winner of the downtown merchant window contest is The Side Track Cafe, followed by the Flower Basket (2nd place) and Back on the Rack (3rd place). For their efforts they receive $100 cash (1st), $50 B&B Outlet gift certificate (2nd), and a $25 Mill Creek Charlie’s gift certificate (3rd).
There were numerous entries in the Chili Cook-off which was sponsored by Arclight. The winner is “Davy Dawg,” 2nd runner-up David Circosta and 3rd runner-up is Nick Skoda.
Lighted House Contest
Now through December 16, residents in the city and township of Watervliet may enter their Christmas display in the Watervliet’s Best Lighted House Contest using Facebook.
Residents in both the city and the township of Watervliet may enter by posting a photo of their display on the “Watervliet’s Best Lighted House” Facebook event page. Follow that up by sending their street address via Facebook Messenger to Katie Ann Muth (so the photo can be authenticated).
Once their house has been entered into the contest, contestants should share the event and photo with all of their Facebook friends and ask them to go to the event page and vote. Photos with the most likes and shares total will win one of three great prizes. At midnight on December 16th, the likes and shares will be counted on the event page only.
Interested parties can go to the event page on Facebook and RSVP as going to receive more information and view other contestants’ entries. The more friends they invite the more chance they have to win. First place is cash prize of $100. Second place is a $50 B&B Outlet gift certificate and third place is a $20 Mill Creek Charlie’s
ELEMENTARY CAROLERS… Mr. Mattson and the Watervliet Elementary School Choir were ready to take part in the parade. Following the parade, they entertained the very large crowd at Arclight with Christmas carols and sing-a-longs.