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Annual Lighting Ceremony To Set Downtown Aglow

Posted on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 4:07 pm

More than 19,000 lights have been used for Friday’s ceremony

Organizers for the Chamber of Commerce’s annual lighting ceremony spent the afternoon on Sunday putting the final touches on this year’s holiday lighting display.
According to organizers, more than 19,000 lights were used to construct this year’s lighting display.
Officials say this is a significant increase over last year’s display of 4,500 lights.
“We are just really excited about this entire event and seeing the community come together,” Holly Delgman, the Bowling Green Chamber of Commerce President said on Sunday afternoon. City of Bowling Green Mayor Don Hunter has been invited to perform the ceremonial lighting.
The annual lighting ceremony, now in its 31st year, was rebranded this year to the Holly Jolly Festival.
The Holly Jolly Festival will get underway at 5:30 in downtown Bowling Green at the Pike County Courthouse. Organizers say most of the activities will take place in and around the county’s war memorials.

The downtown business district will be closed to motorists during the event. Festival attendees are encouraged to park in any of the four city parking lots in and around downtown.
Chamber representatives say the rebranding was necessary to include all of the additional events that they wanted to add to the event, including food and craft vendors, the Holly Jolly 5K and Fun Run, the Festival of Trees, and the Wreath and Swag competition.
In addition to the vendors, Chamber of Commerce officials say they will be encouraging Holly Jolly Festival attendees to visit the downtown merchants that are participating in the Christmas in the Green program.

Christmas in the Green is a three-day shopping event in Bowling Green that features numerous merchants selling their products in advance of  traditional Black Friday shopping. Christmas in the Green will be held November 17 through November 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Those interested in participating by either walking or running in the Holly Jolly 5K or Fun Run will still be able to register the day of the event. Registrations will be accepted at the Chamber of Commerce booth. The local Chamber of Commerce will have an information booth at the corner of Court Street and West Main Street.
It is $30 to register for the 5K and $10 for the Fun Run. The registration fee for the 5K includes a complimentary commemorative t-shirt.
The Fun Run is a mile long run in downtown and is designed for children under the age of 11.
The Holly Jolly 5K is scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. with the Fun Run scheduled at 6 o’clock.

During a recent interview with the Times, Delgman said she was excited by the high level of energy that organizers have had in planning the event.
“There are just a lot of different things that have been added to make this event fun for the entire family,” Delgman said. The chamber president said she hoped families would make plans to attend the Holly Jolly Festival.

“We hope that families will bring their children to see Santa Claus and that they while they are here, they will browse the vendors, the wreaths and swags that will be on display,” Delgman said.
Area businessmen and women have donated handcrafted wreaths and swags that will be on display in the lobby of the Pike County Courthouse. The swags and wreaths will be available for a silent auction  from 5:30 to 7:30.

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A live auction will be held at 7 p.m. for the wreaths and swags that were determined to be best in class, according to the panel of judges.
All of these events are happening, while area children can be visiting with the jolliest elf himself — Santa Claus.
Santa is scheduled to arrive between 5:45 and 6:00 p.m., depending on the weather conditions in the North Pole.
After arriving, Santa will visit with each of the children attending the event and hear their Christmas wishes.

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