Annual Lincoln Festival of Lights takes place Friday

LINCOLN — The annual Lincoln Festival of Lights will take place Friday in the Village of Lincoln, according to organizers.

The event will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Lincoln Village Hall and Fire Department, organizer Rich Gilles said.

He said the event has been taking place for more than 20 years and features a lot of holiday fun for the whole family, including hayrides through the village, a bonfire, hot dogs, hot chocolate, and live music.

“We will have the Alcona High School football team and other athletes from Alcona High School there,” Gilles said. “They are very involved in the community and they like to sing with the kids; they bring things to play with them. It’s been a nice edition.”

The Alcona High School band used to attend the event. Gilles said now that the band has been reestablished he hopes to see them at the event in the coming years.

Across the street from the hall during the event will be the bonfire and a visit from Santa Claus, according to Gilles.

“Generally this event is the beginning of Christmas in Lincoln,” he said. “There are hayrides taking people throughout the community to see the different homes lighted for Christmas.”

Gilles said one part of the annual festival is the holiday lighting contest. Although there is no official entry, Gilles said those who have lighted their home this week are in the contest, which was judged yesterday, today and Thursday.

“There are cash awards for first, second, third and fourth place for residential light displays,” he said. “We ask people to have their lights on by 6 p.m.”

Judges for the event then drive around the community to see the light displays, according to Gilles, who said the judges travel a circuit of around 75 miles to view all the lights.

Gilles said in years past many of the unlighted homes possibly could have won the competition.

“That is unfortunate,” he said.

Gilles said the event is a partnership with Lincoln Lions, Village of Lincoln, and Friends of the Lincoln Depot, all of which have been working together for years to put on the event for the community.

“It takes the cooperation of a lot of groups,” he said.

Jason Ogden can be reached via email at jogden@thealpenanews.com or by phone at 358-5693. Follow Jason on Twitter @jo_alpenanews.

What: Lincoln Festival of Lights

When: Friday beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Where: Lincoln Village Hall and Fire Department