WOODSFIELD - For one day, Woodsfield is expected to disappear and become "Whoville," the home of Dr Seuss' fictional "Whos" and site of the legendary Christmas heist of the green, Yuletide-hating Grinch.
This decorating scheme is part of the downtown window decorating contest and parade, two of several events planned for the seventh annual Woodsfield Christmas Festival on Dec. 8.
"We've got a lot of people excited about this," said Ruth Workman, a member of the Woodsfield Christmas Festival Committee. "I think it's going to be a lot of fun this year."
The Monroe County Courthouse and downtown were decorated by the Woodsfield Garden Club and the village electric workers, while Christmas figures made by Woody Mobley have moved from their usual site in the city park to the downtown in an effort to increase the festive atmosphere.
The Kiwanis Club of Woodsfield will begin the festival with Breakfast With Santa at the Brown Community Center from 8:30-10:30 a.m., followed by a shopping opportunity for children at St. Sylvester Central School. Open from 10 a.m. to noon, Santa's Gift Shop will give children a chance to do their Christmas shopping in a safe, community setting, while all proceeds will go to the Warm the Children charity.
This year's festival features a number of family- friendly events. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., there will be pictures taken with Santa Claus at Pat's Gift Shoppe. The Monroe County Library will have a reading of Dr. Seuss' "How the Grinch Stole Christmas" at noon, and carriage rides will run from noon to 4 p.m. from Eastern Row Market.
An annual craft show in the courthouse will give local vendors and artisans a chance to sell their wares from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The bazaar has grown this year to accommodate a large artisan turnout.
"This year, we asked the county for three floors," said Myrna Morrison of the Monroe County Chamber of Commerce.
She said in previous years, the use of two floors was just not enough, and that created crowding problems. The courthouse will also host a gingerbread creation contest from 9a.m. to 3 p.m.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., there will be a Christmas Ornament Walk and a "Deck the Halls, Walls and Tables" silent auction at the chamber office. The United Methodist Church will also have a Christmas Bazaar from 9 a.m. until the baked goods supply runs out.
The festival will continue into the evening, starting with a live nativity scene from 4-6 p.m. in front of the Monroe Theater. The Monroe Central Band will perform at the courthouse from 5-5:30 p.m., while free hot chocolate will be served at the Monroe Bank Building from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Lineup for the Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at 5 p.m. at the old Woodsfield Elementary School, the grand marshal being the Grinch himself. The parade will begin at 6 p.m. and end with a poetry reading by Dorothy Ricer and the lighting of the courthouse Christmas tree.
A Victorian Christmas Candlelight Tour will set out from the Hollister-Parry Museum on Eastern Avenue from 6-8 p.m., and a "Traditional Christmas" concert by the Monroe Singers will be performed at St. Paul's Church at 7 p.m.