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Santa Visits Poca Gazebo

Santa’s sleigh stopped in Poca last Thursday, December 16, and the jolly old elf was available for photographs with children at the town’s gazebo. Visual Volume, the Poca High School show choir, performed throughout the evening. The Poca town council also provided hot chocolate and candy.

The gazebo was decorated quite festively, with bright Christmas lights everywhere. In addition to the seasonal light display, three trees were decorated with red, white, and blue lights to honor first responders, both living and deceased. The blue tree represents police; red represents EMS and firefighters; and white represents essential workers. The city wanted to honor Jason “Woo” Wurster, a paramedic who was stationed with Poca, who passed away last year due to COVID.

“For a rainy night, there has been a big turn out,” said Mayor Jones. “I appreciate the show choir coming out and performing. They do an awesome job. I would like to thank all the kids and citizens who came out to see Santa.”

This will be the fourth year that Santa has made an appearance at the Poca gazebo.

Visual Volume, the Poca High School show choir, pose for a photo in the gazebo. Members of the show choir include Madison Basham, Joely Casto, Kassidy Hayes, Betty Hughes, Mackenzie Kinder, Katelyn Koontz, Kayda Legg, Maggie Matthews, Madyson McNeal, Ellie Miner, Mariah Mobley, Jacob Paul, Sullivan Richards, Tanner Samples, Madison Scragg, Alyssa Smith, Alexis Underwood, Sydney Walker, Victoria Walker, Brett Winter, Haleigh Wright. Not pictured: Issac Bailey, Shiloh Harding, William Carroll. The show choir director is Michael Rose. (Photo by Betsy Allen)
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