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A ho, ho, whole lot of lights

A ho, ho, whole lot of lights
A ho, ho, whole lot of lights
In addition to countless sparkling lights on the square in downtown Corydon, thousands of people enjoyed a fireworks display during the 24th annual Light Up Corydon. The fireworks were shot off the roof of the Harrison County Public Library by Casabella’s Fireworks. Photo by Alan Stewart

Lights were in abundance Saturday evening at the 24th annual Light Up Corydon: There were lights in the trees, lights on the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand, lights in the sky and, of course, children’s faces lit up when the man of the evening, Santa Claus, arrived.
With temperatures in the mid-50s when entertainment began at 4 p.m., and only slightly lower when the switch was flipped for the lights at 6:38, the weather was just about perfect, most agreed.
People enjoyed several performances on the bandstand, including the Corydon Central High School jazz band and choir, a scene from Hayswood Theatre’s current production, ‘Nuncrackers,’ a live nativity at Corydon United Methodist Church, the reading by Charles Swarens of ”Twas the Night Before Christmas’ and a couple of musical numbers by vocalist Sara Wilson.
A line to indulge in a free carriage ride continued well into the evening, and the last child sat on Santa’s lap at about 9:45, almost three hours after the jolly, ol’ man stepped into the First State Capitol building. An estimated 450 children gave Santa their wish list, one elf reported.
Jim Wagerman of Laconia said the fireworks show that preceded Santa’s visit was long enough to get the ‘wow’ factor but short enough that spectators didn’t get bored.
‘At Thunder Over Louisville, you almost get bored because it goes on forever. This was just about right. About the time you got it, the grand finale started,’ Wagerman said. ‘I loved it. I thought it was great.’
Last year, as part of the 200th birthday celebration for the town of Corydon, was the first time fireworks had been incorporated into the evening. They were shot off at the Harrison County Fairgrounds with a cascading display on the roof of the Harrison County Public Library, and some had complained that they never saw a single shell. This year, however, the entire fireworks show, sponsored by Duke Energy, was shot off from the library’s roof by Casabella’s Fireworks.
Though a couple of tracers fell harmlessly to the ground, Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department’s ladder truck was at the ready in case of fire.
A check of several business owners around the square in downtown Corydon found that most reported above-average walk-in customers, with sales ranging from slightly lower to slightly higher than Light Up Corydon events in past years.
At Albin Jewelers, Rita Gettelfinger said there was a non-stop stream of people meandering through the building throughout the night.
‘We had a 25-percent off sale, and I think a lot of people came for that, too, but we also had a lot of people just walking around and looking at what we had to offer,’ Gettelfinger said. ‘And I never got a chance to go over to the window but, from what I could see, it looked like a lot more people out on the square.’
Diane Herdt, owner of Collections of the Homeplace along Elm Street, said this year’s crowd ranked at the top that she’s seen the 15 years she’s been open for Light Up Corydon.
‘We stayed open until 8:30 or 9 this year. We had a lot of people looking through the store, and some had said they’d never been in before,’ Herdt said. ‘I think between the fireworks, the weather and the overall atmosphere, people just had an absolute wonderful time (Saturday).’
Sherry Martin of Mauckport won $250 in gift cards to various merchants, given away by the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

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