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Highlights from Watkins Glen’s Village Christmas

The Village Christmas organizers announced the winners of the different contests and festivities that were held at the festival on December 5. There were eight participating restaurants and 12 chowders entered in this year’s Annual Chowder Cook-off, sponsored by Famous Brands. There were several kinds of chowder that kept festival goers warm and their taste buds satisfied, while mingling in downtown Watkins Glen. After the judges voted on their favorites the results were: * People’s Choice – The Watkins Glen Harbor Hotel – Lobster and Corn Chowder * First Place – Schuyler Hospital – Bacon Cheeseburger Chowder * Second Place – Veraisons Restaurant – Southwestern Chili-Chowder with Pineapple Salsa * Third Place – Tobe’s – Chicken Wing Chowder * Fourth Place – Wildflower Café – Chicken Shrimp Corn Chowder * Honorable Mentions – Savard’s Family Restaurant, House of Hong and Village MarinaThe Village Christmas Parade, sponsored by Wireless World Inc., had 25 entries this year. The parade included martial arts demonstrations; Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts; local fireman; a fleet of local radio stations; and of course candy for the spectators and the arrival of Santa! After the parade was judged the following winners were chosen: * Judges’ Choice – New Heights Dance Theater Nutcracker Float * Most Decorated Fire Truck – Watkins Glen Fire Department * Most Christmas Spirit – Schuyler Hospital * Most Decorated – Schuyler AmbulanceThe winner of the Watkins Glen Business and Professional Women’s decorated tree raffle was Leslie Gigliotti of Washington, D.C. Leslie donated the tree to the Schuyler Outreach program to be given to a deserving family.To end the evening, there was a spectacular fireworks show presented by Wal-Mart, over the harbor pier on Seneca Lake.Very special thanks to all of the festival goers, all of the festival participants and to the festival sponsors who came out in the cold weather to support the event.For more information on Chamber and Community events visit www.schuylerny.com or www.watkinsglen.com/promotions. You can also call the Chamber at (607) 535-4300.Be sure to mark you calendar for next year’s Village Christmas: December 4, 2009.

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