December 12, 2009 10:20:00 PM
Blade''s Hair Design took top honors for Wassail Fest 2009, announced Main Street Columbus Wednesday.
The team of Marion Wright, Mollie Carnathan, Mallory Hardin and Cole Little served up the award-winning recipe perfected by Carnathan and Wright at the salon on Fifth Street North.
The title of Wassail-meister was decided by a record crowd attending the Dec. 4 holiday event in downtown Columbus.
"We had 25 participants entered in Wassail Fest this year," said Amber Brislin, director of Main Street Columbus. "That''s the most we''ve ever had; the results were very close."
Second place honors went to Harvey''s Restaurant and third place to Party & Paper.
Brislin reported 4,851 votes cast on more than 600 ballots for favorite wassail, a substantial increase from the 2,862 votes cast last year.
The crowd for Wassail Fest, now in its fifth year, was the largest to date, said Brislin.
"This is the second year we''ve put Wassail Fest on the same night as the tree lighting, and it seems to draw a lot of people," she continued.
"It was really fun," said Carnathan. "We''re already looking forward to next year."
Other entrants adding holiday cheer to Wassail Fest were Bella, Café on Main, Charles Perkins Frame Shop, Columbus Arts Council, Fashion Barn, Fine Consign & More, Front Door, Fuhgetaboutit, Gifts, Etc., Holly Hocks, Huck''s Place, Joy''s Flowers & Gifts, Magnolia Place Consignment and Resale, Paper Daisy, Princess Theater, Purple Elephant, Rae''s Jewelry, Tennessee Williams Welcome Center, U Name It Letter Photography, Wag and Zachary''s.
Jan Swoope is the Lifestyles Editor for The Commercial Dispatch.