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Festival of Lights in West Union open to the public through January 1st

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It looks a lot like Christmas in West Union. The Festival of Lights display is open from 5 to 10:30 p.m. each night through January 1st.

Now in it's sixth year, the holiday display is largely organized by Laurie Thompson, Kathryn Weidemann, and Judy Roach.

"We've probably been at this 20-25 hours a week since September," said Laurie Thompson.

The Festival of Lights includes thousands of lights, lit decorations, and trees adopted by people in the community who've lost loved ones.

"They bring their lights and make their signs so it helps enhance our park and add to our lights," said Thompson.

There's no charge to visit the display, but donations are accepted and not just monetary donations.

"We accept lights, money, cords, anything they want," said Kathryn Weidemann.

The ladies sell baked goods and shirts to help pay for the lights and displays. They also build some of the items. An arch at the entrance is from an old fence at the high school.

"It's just so beautiful I think, and we want to show it off. We want people to make West Union a destination and come check it out," said Judy Roach.

Organizers said this park is unique because you can drive and walk through parts.

"We've had a lot of families tell us they take their Christmas card pictures in the forest," said Laurie Thompson.

In total, the lights take up about four and a half acres. Use of the land is donated to the Festival of Lights by the owner, Bruce Crandall.

The organizers simply hope to share their love of the holiday season with other across eastern Iowa.

The display is located near the aquatic center, at the West Union Rec Complex.

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