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Weather, vandals didn’t dampen Light Up spirits

Nearly an inch of rain from all-day precipitation, ranging from a light drizzle to heavier droplets, didn’t dampen the spirits of a late-arriving crowd Saturday for the 30th annual Light Up Corydon event on the town’s newly-reopened historic square.
Neither did a muddy mess around the Hurley D. Conrad Memorial Bandstand, where almost a dozen bales of straw were spread to keep damage to new grass to a minimum. But, with approximately 750 pairs of feet walking around for the festivities, the fresh greenery took quite a beating.
And neither did vandals, who sliced a couple of strands of lights and pulled two other strands from trees in the week leading up to Light Up. Members of the Corydon Central Vanguard, who hang the lights as a fundraiser, repaired the damage.
Those who braved the weather saw various performances ‘ opening with Christmas tunes by a community choir and followed by the Corydon Central High School band and soloist Sara Wilson ‘ and visits by Santa Claus and the Grinch and other holiday characters. New this year was an Ugly Sweater Contest with more than a half-dozen entrants and won by a girl from Bristow, who was a guest of her grandfather who lives in Harrison County.
Light Up Corydon was organized by Main Street Corydon and the Harrison County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
‘Light Up was a cold and miserable weather night. And I was cold to the bone, but everywhere I looked I saw warmth,’ Catherine Turcotte, executive director of Main Street Corydon, said. ‘My mom was visiting from Carmel, and she and my daughter got around to more shops than I did because I was pretty well tied to the square area. They were so impressed with the quality and the beauty of each and every shop.’
Felicia Melvin of Laconia brought her daughter, Emma, to Light Up.
‘The rain isn’t too bad, and she’s enjoying it,’ Melvin said. ‘We love it.’
In an email she sent to downtown business owners, Turcotte said all of the stores looked ‘beautiful and so welcoming … and all of you made each visitor to the town feel special and appreciated. I am thankful for how well you all work together. ‘ And I’m thankful for how you don’t do the bare minimum, but go above and beyond.’
The winner of the $100 shopping spree was Jeremy Ott of Corydon.
Fifty-eight pounds of food and $32 in donations were collected for Harrison County Community Services.
The inclement weather canceled the free carriage rides as well as the live nativity scene at Corydon United Methodist Church. The Harrison County Homemakers displayed most of the goodies for their annual Cookie Walk in plastic tubs to help keep out the moisture.