Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 23, 2014

Winter Warmer attracts large crowd to downtown Bluefield

BLUEFIELD — Despite the warmer temperatures, a large crowd gathered at the third annual Winter Warmer in downtown Bluefield Saturday afternoon.

The event, hosted by the Bluefield Beautification Commission, pre-sold a record number of tickets.

“This is our largest fundraiser for the year. It helps provide the flowers for downtown, city park and a landscaping project at the triangle on Cumberland and Bland Road,” Rob Linkous, a volunteer with the Beautification Commission, said.

The Winter Warmer included craft beer, wine, coffee, a smores’ bar, artisan foods prepared by David Hardin and live entertainment by JC/BC, Victor Sorrell and The Lemon Drops and The Carpenter Ants.

“We sold more tickets to out of town people than any other year. We also had a lot of help from local companies, Grants and David’s at the Club,” Linkous said.

Mike and Susan Plumley who live in Brushfork came out to the Winter Warmer to enjoy some live music and good food.

“This is our first year coming to the event, but we will definitely come back again. It is a really nice event and a nice break from the cold weather. We have seen a lot of people we know,” Susan Plumley said.

It is good to see people downtown, Mayor Tom Cole said.

Many people were catching up with friends. One group had gotten together for a mini Bluefield High School reunion with old friends.

“This is just a really nice event, it brings so many out-of-town people into downtown Bluefield. It’s great for Bluefield and the tourism in the area,” Marie Blackwell, executive director of the Mercer County Convention and Visitors Bureau, said.

— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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