Clay County Christmas, set for Saturday, Dec. 7, has been canceled due to inclement weather. The Henrietta and Clay County Chamber of Commerce announced the cancellation late Thursday afternoon.
The Clay County Courthouse, Bryant Edwards Foundation Community Christmas Tree and business surrounding the courthouse square will still be illuminated throughout the Christmas season. Phase three of the ongoing effort was completed this year.
In 2011, Phase 1 of Jeff 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. In 2012, Phase 2 incorporated the addition of 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. This year we have proceeded with a modified version of Phase 3 to include the newly installed lights on the merchants’ buildings immediately fronting the square.
A Phase 3 capital funds campaign was initiated during the late summer, and the Chamber has received donations in excess of $20,000. Included in that amount is a generous matching grant of $12,500 from the Bryant Edwards Foundation to continue this project.
Paul Bennett and Robbie Wilson have worked diligently to complete Phase 3. The Clay County officials have been extremely supportive of this community project and Sheriff Kenny Lemons has provided jail trustees to assists with the project.