BRIDGETON, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV)– A vacation custom made its return to Parke County, as Bridgeton hosted the “Nation Christmas Competition” over the weekend.
Mike Roe, proprietor of the Bridgeton Mill, mentioned he was happy with the turnout for the opening weekend of the occasion.
“Folks simply love this little city and this county, as a result of different cities are having this similar pageant and its simply completely great,” he mentioned.
Dozens of distributors have been available, promoting handmade crafts forward of the vacation. David Gammon, who has been part of the pageant for a few decade, mentioned Bridgeton has a sure enchantment that helps drive curiosity within the occasion.
“Bridgeton has the previous world allure that’s lacking in most areas throughout Christmas,” he mentioned. “Actually the older era likes to see what now we have, as decorations, as crafts, as a neighborhood.”
Roe known as it “a dream come true” to see how festivals like this one had a optimistic influence in town, and helps the neighborhood come collectively.
“Hundreds of cities began round an previous mill like this. The city continues to be right here. A whole lot of the previous buildings are nonetheless right here, and it’s coming again to life,” he mentioned. “It’s not solely great it’s coming again to life, nevertheless it’s saving the city.”
Sunday was the conclusion of the primary weekend of the pageant. They are going to be again the primary weekend of December, Friday by way of Sunday.