December kicks off with holiday wagon rides

BUCKHANNON — People can get in the holiday spirit all month long with the City’s Winter Wonderland Wagon rides. The wagon rides start at Jawbone Park every Saturday leading up until Christmas for the month of December starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 9 p.m. BJ Teets, who works by day at the city’s waste garage but is one of the wagon operators, said the rides started last year.

“It was for Zach Post,” Teets said.  “He worked for us for a lot of summers when he was in college and unfortunately he lost his life. With his dad and his stepmom we do this in honor to help with the food drive in Buckhannon.”

Teets said the rides do not have a set fee, but they will accept donations of money or canned food for the Zach Post Memorial Food Drive. The wagon rides are accompanied by holiday music and Scouts serving hot chocolate and sweet treats for a donation. Teets said the rides are a good chance for families to be together and see decorations throughout town.

“It’s just fun. As we get closer to Christmas more people will decorate and it’s a good chance to spend time with the family,” Teets said. 

Teets said he hopes all the streets will decorate.

“We go down Main Street, down to the college, we go down around the fountain, back down around Camden Avenue and Florida Street,” Teets said.  “We just try to find lights and try to make it a nice ride.”

A press release from the city of Buckhannon said the routes for Dec. 8 and 22 will feature Main and Kanawha Streets and will follow a specific route.

From Jawbone Park, go north on Spring, west on Main, north on Locust, east on Huffman Ln, north on Kanawha, around Willard Way, south on Spring, east on Main, south on Florida, west on Lincoln, south on Smithfield, west on College, south on Ritchie, south on Camden, north on Marion, continue north on Kanawha, east on Madison, north on Florida, and return to Jawbone Park.

The route for Dec. 15 will be the same as Saturday, Dec. 1. From Jawbone Park, go west on Friendly Way, turn north on Kanawha, east on Main, E. Main to College, southwest on College, northwest on Sedgwick, southwest on Lightburn, southeast on Meade to Camden, north on Camden turning in the Wesleyan Chapel loop, south on Camden to Florida, north on Florida, and returning to Jawbone Park.

A city press release said there will be a best decorated home award that will be announced each week for homes and business on the wagon’s route.

Jamie Booth, one of the riders, said she and her family experienced the wagon rides last year.

“We came last year and we really enjoyed it and we were really excited to see it come back this year,” Booth said. “We may even come every Saturday because I would love to see more people get involved with it. I’d love to see more people decorating and riding on the wagon. It’s a good time.”

Aiden Booth said his favorite part of the rides is seeing all the homes decorated for the holidays.

“We like to see lots of lights because we really like lights because they’re pretty and make houses even prettier,” Aiden Booth said.

Teets said the rides are about 20 to 25 minutes long and as long as there aren’t any bad snow storms, the rides will happen every week.


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