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Holiday lights bring cheer to downtown
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Decorations are going up in downtown McMinnville.
“We’ve been working for the last couple weeks getting everything ready,” said Hank Patton, the city’s landscape manager. “There will be some surprises this year. I think everyone will enjoy it.”
A crew began placing garland around the poles Monday, as well as red bows on the tops.
“The garland is the same from last year, but the bows are new,” said Patton. “We thought it was time for some new bows. The old ones were getting worn out. That’s only the beginning of the surprises that we have planned.”
When pressed for more details, Patton pointed to an extension cord wrapped around a tree planted in the sidewalk and commented the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville bragged that it’s offering the ultimate Nashville light display with over 2 million Christmas lights.
Patton says he doubts they will get close to that many lights, but he will keep count.
“Once we are done, I’m going to count all the lights and see how many we have,” he said. “It probably won’t be anywhere close to Gaylord’s 2 million, but I think it will still be impressive. You’ll have to wait on the other surprises.”
The last thing to be placed and strung with lights will be the centerpiece of the holiday season, the Christmas tree on The Lot. One is still being sought.
“We have received two calls,” said McMinnville Public Works Department assistant director Brad Hennessee. “Both of the trees are pretty but considerably smaller than normal. We are still hopeful. We’ve got a backup plan but we would rather not use it.”
Trees need to be 25 to 30 feet tall, and a cedar or spruce tree is preferred.
If you have a tree and want to donate it, call 473-2553.