Source: The Corydon Democrat

Light Up event sees 'unbelievable' crowd

by Ross Schulz

December 17, 2013

The Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau recapped the annual Light Up Corydon festival Thursday afternoon at its final regularly scheduled meeting of the year.

Light Up took place Saturday evening, Nov. 30, at the square in downtown Corydon.

“It was an unbelievable crowd,” Jeremy Yackle, CVB interim executive director, said. “The weather couldn’t have been better.”

Yackle estimated that between 1,500 to 2,000 people visited the square throughout the all-day event and at least 1,000 people were on hand for the actual lighting just before 7 p.m.

Yackle said the lights on the square turned out great even though he was worried what it would look like without the fence around the square this year. He said the Corydon Central High School Vanguard had a bigger lift this year and was able to get the lights placed higher in the trees.

Commission president Michael Wiseman said Point Blank Brewing Co. had a huge day, beating its previous best day by approximately 25 percent.

National Small Business Saturday, also on Nov. 30, was a strong day for all of the downtown stores, according to reports.

The day before, Black Friday, was not quite as big as usual, Wiseman said, most likely due to shopping now beginning on Thanksgiving day.

In other business, Yackle reported that the area hotels had a strong October in part because of the National FFA convention taking place in Louisville.

“Horseshoe also had a really good October,” he said.

Wiseman said that the hotel numbers are very encouraging.

The tourism commission will have its next meeting Thursday, Jan. 16, at 5 p.m. at the administrative offices of the CVB in downtown Corydon.