Cool Ridge-based woodcarvers gift Bluefield’s Lotito City Park with festive decor

Mercer County

Bluefield’s Holiday of Lights is not holding back its love for the season, thanks to 1.2 million dazzling bulbs and a truly lit display of pure wood carven craftsmanship.

On December 5, 2018, Travis Crook and Kirby Stanforth, known locally as the Mason Dixon Boys, drove from Cool Ridge to Bluefield to sell their masterpieces, from the usual suspects to others that have a festive flavor.

“Just like these lights, it’s a lot prettier in the snow than it is without snow,” Crook said. “We have the bears, the moose, stuff like that. But we also do special orders… like the Mountain men and the Santa faces…It’s pretty much our customers telling us what they want.”

On Wednesday night, they decided to thank their host city with a gift, a five foot-plus tall Santa head for Lotito City Park to use as décor for many Christmases to come. City of Bluefield Ambassador Marie Blackwell is ecstatic for such generosity.

“We are so excited that they wanted to give back to a hometown local,” Blackwell said.

Crook believes it is the season to give and to engrave.

“If I’m going to do something local, I’d like to come down and maybe give one of our pieces back that I’ve had so much enjoyment out of over the years,” Crook said. “Maybe somebody else will enjoy our carving.”

City management has not determined where exactly they will place the Santa head.

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