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Phase 2 of Christmas lighting program nears completion


Lighting designer Jeff Trykosky and a Clay County Jail trustee untangle and repair lights on the Clay County Courthouse recently. This year, the Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce has implemented Phase 2 of the Clay County Christmas lights program, wrapping 20 trees around the courthouse in 50,400 lights.

The Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the county’s annual Christmas celebration on Saturday, Dec. 1 on the downtown square.  This year’s celebration expands upon last year’s inaugural Courthouse lighting and community Christmas tree with the addition of lighting the trees around the Square for a full lighting effect.

The evening’s events will begin at 5 p.m. with the Cub Scout “sled races”, live musical performances, followed by the annual Lighted Christmas Parade.  Shortly after the parade, Santa and the children will lead the countdown to the Grand Lighting Ceremony, and he, Mrs. Claus, and his helpful elf will be available afterwards for visits and photos.

The Chamber, once again, enlisted the professional designing services of Jeff Trykoski, owner of Illumimax, LLC, of Frisco, to create the direction for Phase 2 of the Clay County Christmas Lighting Project.   In 2011, Phase 1 of Trykoski’s design for the “Clay County Christmas” project included over 5,000 LED lights for the courthouse and square, over 18,000 LED lights on the triple-lit community tree, and an outdoor BOSE speaker-microphone system.  For Phase 2, the plan includes adding 50,400 lights to 20 of the trees located around the Square, installing underground wiring from each lit tree to a central control panel, installing strobe lights to the community Christmas tree, and adding 4 additional speakers to the outer perimeter of the Courthouse Square.

A Phase 2 capital funds campaign was initiated during the late summer, and the Chamber has received donations in excess of $20,000 to continue this project.  Plans for Phase 3 and Phase 4 have been presented and approved by the Clay County Commissioners and will commence in 2013-2014.

Clay County officials have been extremely supportive of this community project and have given Sheriff Kenny Lemons permission to have his workforce provide the labor to complete Phase 2.

Parade entry forms can be obtained by calling the chamber office or by downloading one from the chamber website.  Also, tickets for the Christmas “Tour of Homes”, scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 2, from 2-5 p.m., are available at the Caboose for $10 apiece.  The tour is sponsored by HHS Project Graduation 2013.

The Chamber is still accepting much needed and appreciated donations, memorials and honorariums to support this event. For more information about Clay County Christmas, please contact the Chamber office at 940-538-5261 or by e-mail at claycountychamber@sbcglobal.net.


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