That’s right, it’s once again time for Christmas in the Park. The event began in 2000, after Judy Terrell was inspired by the bright lights of Paducah’s Noble Park. Terrell said she looks forward to the event every year.
“It’s the highlight of my pre-Thanksgiving holiday,” she said. “And it’s a good way to bring the community together.”
Terrell said that about 60 groups set up lights and decorations last year. She said she is hoping for 65 this year, as it seems to get more participants every time. She said most of the people who set up displays last year have already committed again and there will be a few new ones that she is looking forward to seeing. She said that the other day while she was out for lunch, she recruited someone else. She said that the displays were not only pretty to look at, but also acted as free advertising for businesses.
Terrell said that she wasn’t sure whether the lights would be on all the time this year like they have in the past because of rising utility costs. Even if they are turned off during the day, though, people can count on getting an eyeful of Christmas cheer if they drive by after dusk. She said a few people told her last year that their children demanded to ride through the park every day to look at the sights. She said people who haven’t participated inn the past shouldn’t be afraid to take a chance because decorations are getting more affordable all the time. She said there are a few evergreen trees in the park that people can also decorate if they choose. Terrell also said that if people decide to weatherproof a float for the Christmas parade on Dec. 1, they should feel free to leave the float in the park for their display.
The Tennessee Valley Authority requires that any display’s sign must be no larger than two square feet, but the displays themselves can be any size, Terrell said. Displays can be commercial, religious or just anything tasteful. She encouraged those interested to call her at 522-6822 by Nov. 19 because she wants to plan out the spacing ahead of time. She said that any latecomers would probably be put at the end of the line. Display setups will begin on Nov. 23, and they must be removed by Jan. 1.
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