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This year’s Community Holiday Light Show not only garnered record attendance, but it will give back a record $8,500 to the community. The total was an increase $2,500 from the previous event.
Volunteer groups working the gate and directing traffic at the show each night earn money for their organization. This year, these groups will receive $5,500 for their efforts during the event.
The remaining $3,000 will go to non-profit groups on behalf of the best-in-show winners, which were:
The show opened on Dec. 12 and continued nightly through Christmas Day, with the exception of Christmas Eve. In its third year, the show's popularity surged, with a 60 percent increase in attendance. Nearly 3,000 cars and buses carried an estimated 9,600 people to Ballou Park during the 13-night event.
The displays in the show are built by volunteers, organizations, civic groups and families. There is no cost to enter a display. Builders have the opportunity, however, to earn money for an organization or non-profit of their choosing. Each display is entered into the best of show contest and visitors to the park cast votes for their favorite displays.