Wiregrass Newsroom: Victorian Christmas Takes Visitors Back Through Time

Dothan, AL (WSFA) -- A blacksmith, general store, and a little bit of holiday music on the side.

This year's Victorian Christmas at Landmark Park brought folks from throughout the Wiregrass to share in an era some remember, and kids are seeing for the first time.

But Sid Brannon remembers that era.   And he recreates it in a tasty treat--sugar cane syrup he's been making for twelve years.

Brannon says while the process isn't easy, it sure is a crowd pleaser.

"It's a lot of work, a lot of manual labor. But they enjoyed it.  I'd say we had a big crowd today," says Brannon.

A big crowd of 1700 guests, topping last year's attendance of 1400, it's something event organizers are thrilled to see.

"The response has been great, we just so appreciate all the support of the community. And this open house is really our way of saying thank you. We couldn't do it without the community and this is really the community's park," says event organizer, Laura VanLandingham.

Guests had the chance to craft ornaments, see a blacksmith at work, and say hello to a few new animal friends in the petting zoo.

And one first-time visitor says the event was a hit.

"If I'm down here next year, I'm going to come back. I'm going to come back.  You know what I'm having for breakfast in the morning?  Pancakes and syrup. Good syrup!" says Clennon Eldridge.

Good syrup and a good time.

Reporter: Melissa McKinney