Community encouraged to participate in X-mas events

By Chris Slone -

With Thanksgiving in the rear view mirror, it’s time to start planning those Christmas festivities.

The Chairman of the Scioto County Commissioners Bryan Davis talked about two of those events that families have an opportunity to partake in now that the holiday season has arrived.

The first is the Christmas Cave at White Gravel Mines in Minford. It’s the second year the Christmas Cave has been open. According to Davis, who is a co-founder, there were 21,000 people who visited the Cave last year.

This year, however, might surpass last season.

“If Facebook traffic is any indication, it’s going to be huge,” Davis said. “We’ve added thousands of lights. We’ve actually already had people show up from three hours away, who thought we were already open.

“It’s just amazing.We’re getting people asking questions, 10 an hour (on Facebook), just trying to get all the details, hotel information, everything. It’s crazy.”

Davis said the impact on the economy can’t be overstated either. According to Davis, Giovanni’s increased their business approximately 400 percent during that time last year.

“People stop to eat before, stop to eat afterwords,” Davis said. “It’s a big impact on the economy. We get people that ask us about hotel reservations.”

The Christmas Cave opens Friday night from 4-11 p.m., and runs every Friday and Saturday night from 4-11 p.m., through the weekend after Christmas.

There is no admission charge. However, they are asking for $2 per car for parking. Local churches are handling the parking and the profits help cover a specific cause for the church:a mission trip, youth group, etc.

There’s over seven acres of parking. For those who find it difficult to make it to the top of the hill, there is a shuttle available.

The second event for the community to be a part of is a Christmas Tree lighting at the courthouse, which takes place Thursday, Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. It’s open to the public and the Commissioners are inviting the entire public to attend.

“Please come out for that,” Davis said.

There will be coffee, cookies and hot chocolate.

“We hoping to fill the entire Rotunda up,” Davis said. “We’re going to have a spectacular tree lighting. The tree has been completely redone this year with 10,000 lights.”

By Chris Slone

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.

Reach Chris Slone at 740-353-3101, ext 1927, or on Twitter @crslone.