Wingate celebrates first-ever tree lighting

Nov. 30, 2012 @ 05:46 PM

The Town of Wingate came together Thursday evening to celebrate their first-ever tree-lighting ceremony. 

Students from East Union Middle School sang Christmas carols as the town lit a tree planted in Wingate Community Park. After the ceremony, residents warmed up with hot chocolate and cookies inside the Community Center. 

"I thought it was great," Town Commissioner John Mangum said. 

He enjoyed the music and thought the turnout was "great" for a first event. He looked forward to more tree-lighting events in the future. 

"We hope more and more people will come," Mangum said. 

He offered his congratulations to the town staff for putting the event together. 

Robert Stedjelarsen, a Wingate resident, enjoyed the celebration and the music. 

"The kids must have practiced a good long time," Stedjelarsen said.

Stedjelarsen was also impressed by the town's effort.

"They pulled it off," he said. "I'd like to see it continue." 

The tree-lighting ceremony follows the summer festival held earlier in the year, also a first for the Town of Wingate. The town has been working to re-brand itself and become more of a community. 

"The town's doing what it can to introduce the town to the rest of the town," Stedjelarsen said. 

Jim Yanacsek, a Marshville resident, came with his girlfriend who lives in Wingate. 

"I thought it was pretty good," Yanacsek said. He thought it was a very nice ceremony. His girlfriend agreed and added that she also enjoyed the festival held earlier in the year.