Bringing light and joy to the holiday season; WU's Festival of Lights

Volunteers will be hosting the annual Festival of Lights lighting ceremony on Friday, November 29. The event, which is put together by event organizers such as Judy Roach (left) and Laurie Thompson (right) will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will include a visit from Santa Clause himself. (Megan Molseed photo) 


Bringing light and joy to the holiday season; WU's Festival of Lights


By Megan Molseed


Bringing light and joy to the holiday season; WU’s Festival of Lights 

By Megan Molseed

It may be getting dark earlier and earlier this time of year, but West Union volunteers are bringing light and holiday cheer to the West Union Recreation Complex with the 12th annual Festival of Lights Display.

“This is always my favorite time of year,” grinned Festival of Lights Volunteer Judy Roach.  “It gets more and more exciting every year!” 

“It is a lot of work, and much of it begins weeks or months in advance,” explained Laurie Thompson who developed the annual events with Roach and Kathryn Weidemann over a decade ago.  

“It’s not easy, and some days it gets pretty cold,” the enigmatic volunteer continued.  “But, wow, is it worth it in the end!” 

As always, this year’s annual lighting tradition will take place the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 29 beginning at 5:30 pm. 

The ceremony will include hot chocolate, music, hotdogs, cookies, and of course a visit from the head elf himself, Santa Claus! 

“As always, Santa has asked that one boy and one girl help him light up the park when he arrives,” said Roach.  

“There will be a drawing for the helpers,” the spirited volunteer continued.  “In order to get your name into the drawing, each child is asked to bring a non-perishable food item, non-food item like Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Toilet paper, Toothbrush and Tooth Paste.  Everything we raise and collect will be donated to the Helping Hands Food Pantry in West Union.” 

Once the park is lit, all children will have the opportunity to visit with Santa Claus.

The display will be lit from 5 – 10 p.m. each night for drive-through tours as well as walk-through's every night after the event through Sunday, January 5.  




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