(WLAX/WEUX) – It’s all hands on deck as volunteers work to put up la crosse’s Rotary Lights by opening day.
The La Crosse community is bound and determined to get rotary lights up and running on time.
Not an easy task after cords used to power the lights were stripped of the valuable copper inside.
President Pat Stephens put out the call for help to make up for the 10-thousand-dollar setback, and the people of La Crosse answered.
“This project belongs to the entire community, and they were a little ticked off that somebody would damage it or interfere with it at all, so the response has been from individuals, from electrical warehouses, everybody has come forward to help out to make sure that we’re back on track.”
The cords were taken off dozens of electrical pedestals, equipment that plays a crucial role in the display.
“We need a good 25 to 30 days, 35 days to get everything all set up and without these pedestals in the park, the volunteer groups that come in to wrap the trees and put the lights up in the trees, they can’t plug them in because we have no place to plug it in because the cords were stolen for this, so we can’t test a lot of stuff.”
Volunteer electrician Dan Mutch joined others in the repair process Wednesday, hoping for a quick turnaround as opening day approaches.
“Because of the outpouring support of the community, in the next week-and-a-half to two weeks, we’ll have all of the pedestals back in the park.”
Mutch believes Rotary Lights brings out the community’s spirit. He’s proud that so many are stepping up to lend a hand.
“It’s the La Crosse community helping everybody, and because of these volunteers and the companies that supplied this material for us, that is why we’re going to be able to get this back up in two weeks because of the overwhelming community support.”
The 27th annual Rotary Lights are expected to open on Friday, November 26th following a parade.
President Pat Stephens says Rotary Lights never turns away volunteers and encourages anyone who wants to help to stop by the Rotary Lights warehouse.
In La Crosse, Alex Loroff, First News at Nine.