It’s the biggest fundraiser of the year for the local Make-A-Wish Foundation, but spectators for the Jolly Holiday Lights, have been a little light.
That could mean some very special children won’t have their wishes granted. You can blame the weather for a drop in attendance. 2,500 fewer cars have gone through the display this year than they did last year. At $10 per car that’s $25,000 less that will be raised to grant the wishes of sick children. Organizers say, too little snow, or too much snow, and people don’t come out.
“Yeah, that’s the tradeoff.” Organizer Al Knudsen explains, “People always say ‘yeah we’re gonna wait till we get some snow on the ground…if it gets to be too much, obviously a blizzard we can’t control and people have to be safe, but the last two nights we tried to open and we shut down. We just had a handful of cars each night.”
The display will be open nightly through January first from 5:30 till ten, and Santa will be there through Sunday.