The Polar Express Adventure Train Ride's first scheduled stop at the "North Pole" in Belington last year was a huge success, officials said.
The train was met by a group of volunteers dressed as elves along with "Santa," who was waiting to board the train when it stopped. The train owners said the decorations were one of the best displays of all the towns that participated.
Even though it may seem early, this year's plans are bigger and better than last season and officials are looking forward to the help and participation of the willing people of the community to make this happen.
This year organizers are preparing two new outdoor displays, depicting a church and a school. Help is needed in setting these up and decorating them with lights.
Those volunteering to assist in decorating the village and Belington City Park are asked to meet at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Oct. 20 in the park. Lunch will be provided both days.
The other goal is to continue to add to the decorations in the park with lights on all the gazebos and various outside lawn displays. Donations of outside lawn displays would be appreciated. Organizers also need extension cords, new tree lights, garland, outside Christmas decorations, such as reindeer and artificial trees.
Officials also said that everyone qualifies for elf status this year. Kids, teens, and adults of all ages and sizes can participate for each of the Polar Express trips. The only requirement is to show up at the park and be willing to have fun and wave at the passengers on the train.
The ideal goal is to have at least 20 people at the park for each train trip, adding excitement by greeting the train as it comes to the North Pole Village. Organizers will provide Christmas hats and have other costumes available for those who wish to really dress the part. Typically, participants are only there about 20 minutes or so per trip. The train arrives at the "North Pole" at about 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m. each evening. Participants can get a hot chocolate or a bite to eat between trips.
Participants can also adopt a certain night and plan to be a part of the festivities for the entire season. Individuals are needed but organizers would also appreciate groups adopting a night or weekend.
A schedule is being developed and if you, your family, your church, your non-profit group, your neighbors and your friends want to adopt a night or two or a whole weekend, please let organizers know as soon as possible.
To sign up and/or ask questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 304-823-1792.
Officials are looking forward to businesses and residents putting up Christmas decorations before the nov. 9 arrival of the polar express train. everyone is encouraged to decorate early so the thousands of tourists coming to the area from Nov. 9 through Christmas will make Belington a part of their Christmas destination.
Professional signs advertising Polar Express are scheduled to be up in town by the Nov. 9 arrival of the first train.
Organizers are still in need of people to participate in the Christmas Planning Committee to take care of and or help to get the town decorated by Nov 9. Additionally the committee will help with planning the Belington Christmas Celebration and Parade.