Winter Wonderland Hopes to Continue Tradition

June 14, 2003--Posted at 8:30 p.m. CDT

JONESBORO--"Sometimes it's just hard to put a price tag on something that draws attraction to the city, especially during Christmas time,"said Donna Chetister.

Libby Donahue and Donna Chetister run the Winter Wonderland building on Main Street. Although, the building is only open during the holiday season, it leaves life long memories to those who visit.

"They love it. It's become a tradition with many families. We have people who come, and  this is their Christmas. We have people that are well able to go elsewhere, but they choose to come here. They choose to come to Winter Wonderland,"said Donohue.

Last year, during the holiday season, Winter Wonderland was open for nine days.

In those nine days it attracted more than 3,000 visitors.

"We're open as long as we can get volunteers to man it during the Christmas season,"said Donohue.

"Christmas is pretty special to the kids,"said Jones Mayor Hubert Brodell.

Mayor Brodell played a huge part in getting the building donated to the city.

"I'm not saying not to sell the building. I am saying, if we are, we need to find a place to put it. I don't think we need to just do away with it,"said Brodell.

Now, no definite plans have been made for the building, but supporters and organizers of  Winter Wonderland say it's not only a tradition, but an asset to Downtown Jonesboro.