By: Sherry Williams Kidd | Twitter: @DinwiddieMonitr
Posted: December 21, 2018 | 2:45 p.m.
DINWIDDIE – After last week’s bout of winter weather followed by a great thaw thanks to warm temperatures and eventual rainfall, the tough decision to cancel this year’s Dinwiddie County Christmas Parade was made by organizers but, despite the cancelation, a growing event that follows the parade marched on and served to keep the county in the Christmas spirit.
The “Celebrate the Season” Indoor Christmas Bazaar last Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dinwiddie Elementary School in the heart of the Village of Dinwiddie, bringing with it extraordinary opportunities for amazing one-of-a-kind Christmas gift-giving ideas.
The bazaar featured hands-on children activities, many artisan vendors offering a wide variety of unique homemade and handcrafted goods, business vendors, food vendors, a petting zoo, and so much more! There were over 50 talented artisans and vendors proudly displaying their unique works of art! Some of these amazing works were even edible—and quite delicious!
“Celebrate the Season provides shoppers a great opportunity to purchase unique gifts for the holiday season,” said Andrew J. Hardy, Community Development, Dinwiddie County. “We put this event on each year because it is so popular with county residents. Also, the bazaar showcases many local and regional artisan vendors. There is so much talent here in Central Virginia!”
The bazaar offered many unique and wonderful items, such as fresh local honey, candles, arts & crafts, sweet treats, custom corn hole bags, and so much more! You name it, and they had it! Just a few of the vendors for the bazaar were: It’s Marble-ous, Taylor Made, Wreaths Galore & More, Lisa’s Corn Hole Bags, Better Bling Jewelry, Sunrise Shea Butter, Earthly Treasures, Horseshoe Candles and Crafts, Willows Bend Farm, Pixie Perfect Pretties, Wreaths 2 A-Door, LuLaRoe, Black Dog Provisions, One Hive Farm, Bishop’s BBQ, Funcakes, and many more!!!!
This year’s “Celebrate the Season” holiday bazaar was surely more fun than a barrel of elves! Smiles and laughter were the order of the day. There were numerous activities for the children, amazing one-of-a-kind gift items, and scrumptious foods! Many folks reported that they had now completely finished their Christmas shopping!
Even though the Dinwiddie Christmas Parade was canceled, as is customary, a Dinwiddie County resident was named as the parade’s Honorary Grand Marshall. In addition, this year, the Chamber of Commerce also named a county business as the parade’s Business Grand Marshall.
The Honorary Grand Marshal named for this year’s parade was Mr. George Perkinson, Perk, as he is widely known through the community.
Perkinson has been an active member throughout the Dinwiddie community for more than half a century and has devoted his life to public service. Even as he was a full-time forklift operator for Brown & Williamson, Perk found time to umpire both little league and men’s league baseball here in the county. He also served as a volunteer firefighter for many years.
Perk was a member of the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office Special Police Unit and provided security for countless school events over the years.
He is probably best known for directing traffic each morning and afternoon around school buildings. Still today, citizens count on him to ensure a stress-free, smooth transit to their destination. Perk works rain or shine, in snow or sleet. If schools are open, he will be there!
Virginia Motorsports Park, located on U.S. Route 1 was named the parade’s business grand marshal.
“Tommy and Judy Franklin of Fredericksburg, along with their daughters Amber and Ashley, purchased the Virginia Motorsports Park in 2017,” said Barbara Pittman, Chamber of Commerce, and Parade Co-Chair. “The Franklins, being drag race enthusiast, poured more than $100,000 into upgrades and improvements for the motorsports park.”
This allowed the National Hot Rod Association, Virginia Nationals, to return to Dinwiddie County, substantially increasing the county’s tourism dollars. The Franklin family has also brought additional employees in order to attract other National events to Dinwiddie County.
Congratulations to George Perkinson, Honorary Grand Marshall, and to the Virginia Motor Sports Park, and the entire Franklin family, this year’s Business Parade Grand Marshalls and thanks to Dinwiddie County for all the hard work that went into another exceptional Celebrate the Season Christmas Bazaar!