Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV


November 5, 2013

Ready to shine: Big day approaching for Bluefield

— — While it may seem hard to believe, Thanksgiving is now only 24 days away. Soon the joyous holiday season will be officially underway across the region. That’s why city crews and volunteers in Bluefield are busy putting in extra hours to get the popular Holiday of Lights display at Lotito Park ready.

In what has become a popular tradition in Bluefield, volunteers will throw the switch on Thanksgiving night, illuminating thousands of lights and dozens of large-scale holiday ornaments at city park. The celebration marks the official start of the holiday season in the two Bluefields. The display also helps to attract thousands of visitors to Lotito Park each November and December.

Setting up an annual display consisting of more than 650,000 light bulbs is no easy job. The work must begin weeks in advance. It is a time- and labor-intensive effort.

But we are glad to see that the five newly elected members of the Bluefield Board of Directors, as well as new City Parks and Recreation Director Dwight Godwin, are continuing this popular tradition for Bluefield.

There is still plenty of work to do between now and Thanksgiving night. City crews are currently in the process of checking and double checking thousands of light bulbs, according to Mayor Tom Cole.

We wish them the best of luck as we begin the countdown to the start of the 2013 season of the Holiday of  Lights.


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