Preparation of the opening night – Pomeroy Daily Sentinel
POINT PLEASANT, West Virginia – City of Point Pleasant employees have been busy putting together Christmas decorations and displays to put in place for the annual Krodel Light Show, a process that takes weeks but heads into the evening opening scheduled for November 20.
The Christmas Display is a collection of large lights and displays installed around the park, allowing visitors to stay warm in their vehicles as they walk through, checking out the displays.
The exhibit is a fundraising project sponsored by and supporting Main Street Point Pleasant and the organization’s mission which is, “through preservation-conscious economic development that capitalizes on our natural and historic resources and by promoting them. common interests of our merchants, we strive to make our downtown a popular place for locals and tourists alike, the first among the historic small towns of the Ohio Valley, ”according to its website.
Part of the exhibit is a gingerbread house that sits at the start of the lights, where volunteers pick up collections and usually hand out candy canes to children.
Main Street manager Chris Rizer said the money donated goes to various efforts depending on the year.
“Donations that go into The Krodel Light Show support the mission of Main Street Point Pleasant,” said Rizer. “The primary use of donations is to support our efforts to apply for grants, match grants and move projects downtown. “
With a number of older displays, restoring has been a huge project, Rizer said.
“But normally a lot of the light show money goes back into the light show to get new bulbs, new screens,” Rizer said. “We are trying to decorate more trees and picnic shelters, so more peripheral things. No major new display [this year]. We are in the process of converting the old screens to LEDs, this is the major cost at the moment. LED bulbs cost about double the cost of old bulbs, so a little bit every year we convert them to LEDs.
Rizer said the more sponsors the light show has, the more money will go to Main Street initiatives.
Currently, the light show hosts exhibits made by the Mason County Career Center – which also made the Gingerbread House, Lakin Correctional Center and Jail, and Rileighs Outdoor Decor – the company has had a contract with Main Street since. 18, said Rizer.
Rizer said the city is a big supporter of donating labor and electricity.
“We pay for the lights, screens, extension cords, all the materials,” Rizer said. “City workers re-wire the screens and install them every year, then they plug everything in. “
Main Street also bought the lights and wreaths along Main Street and the city installed the decorations, Rizer said.
The volunteers who collect donations and distribute candy canes are currently the Women’s Club, FFA, 4-H and a few high school students. Rizer said any organization or person interested in volunteering can contact him at the Main Street office or email him. 304-675-3844; [email protected]
The Krodel Light Show will start on November 20 and run until January 1, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. each evening.
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The Krodel Light Show will officially begin on November 20 and run through January 1, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. each evening. Pictured are some of the unsung heroes of the light show, workers in the town of Point Pleasant putting all of these light shows up and down. Workers are pictured on Wednesday preparing for the show’s opening night. The city also placed more gravel on the pavement this week at Krodel Park with an influx of vehicles expected during the holidays.
Brittany Hively is a writer for Ohio Valley Publishing. Follow her on Twitter @britthively; Reach her at (740) 446-2342 ext. 2555.