Lincoln’s Festival of Lights takes place Friday

LINCOLN Although Friday’s lows likely will be in the 20s, a huge bon fire will provide plenty of warmth for warmly dressed residents who attend the Festival of Lights in Lincoln.

Organizer Rich Gillies said the event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. between the fire hall at 117 W. Fiske St. and the old train depot.

Dozens of volunteers from the Lincoln Lions Club, the Brownlee Lake Association and the Alcona High School basketball team will offer a variety of activities, including a tractor-pulled hay ride through town, children’s games and a cake walk, he said. Free cocoa, coffee and hot dogs also will be available.

Santa Claus is expected to arrive at 6:30 p.m., and will be seated at the depot to listen to children’s wish lists, Gillies said.

Santa used to come the Saturday before Christmas, Gillies said, but event organizers decided to speed up his schedule so kids could get their wish lists in to him earlier.

Gillies, a long-time resident, said the outdoor festival has been held for more than 15 years.

“Like all small communities, Santa comes to town,” Gillies said. “I remember him coming on a fire truck. One time they had a tent next to the post office, but now with the set up at the depot it gives us a chance to get several groups involved and everybody has a good time.”

Other activities include singing and awards for the best residential displays in town, he said.

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