Another Attraction: W.Va. Christmas Town Considers Ice Rink, More | Opinion

In eight days, the autumnal equinox begins. Soon the days will become shorter and the nights longer. And the hot weather outside will slowly start to cool down.

Bluefield, or Nature’s Air-Conditioned City if you prefer, has now gone three years without an official 90 degree reading. The last time the Mercer County airport thermometer recorded a reading of 90 degrees was September 2019. Of course, anything is still possible, but the further we get into September, the less a 90 degree day will be. is likely.

As fall sets in, so does the inevitable countdown to winter and the holiday season.

You may recall that last year the town of Bluefield earned the official designation of “Christmas Town of West Virginia,” which was a great honor for the area.

Now city officials are hoping to expand on all of the holiday activities from last year.

At Tuesday’s town council meeting, Bluefield’s board agreed to purchase a portable Christmas synthetic ice rink.

The cost of the rink is around $30,000. Synthetic ice is made from a polymeric material designed for metal blade ice skates.

City Manager Cecil Marson said it was the cheapest option and was a West Virginia company.

No taxpayer money will be used, with the cost of the rink funded by donations. It will be installed for the holidays in the dog park area.

The rink will be part of the city’s already strong lineup of vacation offerings. This year’s “Christmas City” plan also includes the return of the Festival of Lights to the city park, a Christmas market, Christmas crafts and baking, and possibly even a Christmas carnival. Of course, the weather would have to cooperate for an outdoor carnival to work. In other words, no snow.

Marson said officials are still spreading ideas from townspeople and are always looking for volunteers to help with any planned holiday attractions.

It might seem a little early to talk about Christmas, but putting together events of this size and scale requires a lot of pre-planning and up-front work.

This all sounds very promising. We wish the City good luck in helping bring these great ideas to fruition.

Keith P. Plain