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Is our Festival of Lights history? | Preston Citizen

Is our Festival of Lights history?

September 13, 2011


Citizen editor

City worker Dustin Hollingsworth stands in a storage shed holding some of the Festival of Lights decorations Monday afternoon.

Have the final nails been driven in the coffin for the annual Festival of Lights? After Preston’s Chamber of Commerce collapsed and Preston City pulled its support, last year’s team leader passed on the project because she had new work obligations. It looks like the winter gem of Preston has dimmed.

Another nail was driven when Rocky Mountain Power officials decided to no longer donate power that made the Festival lights shine.

During the Preston City budget discussions in August, Mayor Lee Hendrickson said there would be a decrease in economic development funding because the money was eliminated for the Festival. The funding cut was mainly due to the cost of buying new power cords which was too expensive. So without the cords, the cost of installing and maintaining the lights in the trees up and down main street was cut from the budget. (See the full story in The Preston Citizen.)


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