Monday, December 12, 2005

Fairgrounds Wonderland in West Union

The nearby town of West Union, Ohio, recently became host to a time honored tradition of local residents looking to bathe in the colorful lights of Christmas. For over 30 years, the Rudd family of Adams County has entertained and wowed visitors with their Christmas lights display consisting of millions of twinkling lights. Families every year flocked to their farm near Blue Creek to witness the display and many feel the nostalgia of the Christmas tradition which was regretably packed away in 2000 when the host Carl Rudd retired.

This year, however, the lights are back as part of the West Union Fairgrounds Christmas Wonderland, each weekend through Christmas at the West Union fairgrounds. The event is especially sacred because sadly Mr. Rudd died this past Saturday at the age of 75. His memory is shared by his surviving family and the thousands of people who have benefited from his Christmas spirit.

Open to the public on Friday and Saturdays, 7-10 p.m., through Christmas, the fairgrounds features the lighted displays, carriage rides, a Christmas Gallery of Trees decorated by local schools and community organizations and an indoor Trader Days spot for crafters and vendors to sell holiday goods. Adams County Fairgrounds is located in West Union, off Ohio 41.

posted at 1:28 PM by Jeremy Parnell