HUNTINGTON – Christmas is coming to Huntington a little earlier, with a few more fun activities at Ritter Park.
The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District has announced plans for Christmas in July, along with other summer festivities.
Christmas in July begins at 7:30 pm on Friday July 9 in Ritter Park at Hut 2. The festivities are for all ages and will begin with the making of a Christmas snow globe with the supplies provided. Jim Henson’s “The Muppet Christmas Carol” will be screened after dark. A special guest can drop by for the celebration. The event is free and the concessions will be sold. Participants are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets and wear an ugly Christmas t-shirt.
Later this month, the Park District will host the first Food Truck Friday with Furry Friends on July 30 at 6 p.m. in Ritter Park near the 10th Street Fountain. The evening will feature music, a dog obstacle course, a dog kiss stand and food trucks. Cats and dogs from local rescue organizations will be available on-site and off-site for adoption. Boxes of monetary donations and pet supplies will also be at the event.
The next day, plush furry friends and their buddies can enjoy a teddy bear picnic on Saturday, July 31 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Ritter Park at Shelter 2. The event will include picnic-style refreshments, a story to sing. time, crafts, games and more for kids and their teddy bears. The event is free and open to the public while supplies last.
Ritter Park turns into a race track on Saturday August 28 for a Power Wheels Derby. Registration will begin at 1:00 p.m. The first race will take place at 2 p.m. The competition will have two age groups for races, 1-4 and 5-7. Trophies will be awarded to the first three winners in each age category. Participants can also participate to win a raffle for a new ride. Registered Power Wheels must be original vehicles without modified batteries. Helmets are compulsory for participants.
For more information on these events, call GHPRD at 304-696-5954.