The Christmas in the Park Light Show at Mike Miller Park saw increased attendance from the previous year. Over 10,000 vehicles toured the lights in 2020, while 2019 had 6,700 vehicles attend, according to Marshall County Parks Director Britney Hargrove.
During the 2020 light show, $36,405 was collected to donate to local non-profits, and over 14,500 canned goods were collected. These numbers are up significantly from the year before with $26,105 being collected and just over 10,000 canned goods.
“I am so happy that we, at the parks department, were able to play a role in assisting these deserving nonprofits in raising these much needed funds during such a trying year. We worked so hard to provide safe, fun opportunities during the light show for families to not only enjoy the season and make memories together, but to also take part in the spirit of the season — giving to others. We are already looking forward to the 2021 event and have plans in the works to add more interactive activities to the Christmas line up at Mike Miller Park,” said Hargrove.
Nine nonprofit organizations were accepted to be a part of the 2020 light show, with 100% of the monetary donations collected divided evenly between these groups. These nonprofits are: H.O.P.E. Clinic, Marshall County Rescue Squad, Marshall County Special Olympics, Marshall County Caring Needline, Marshall County Veterans Support Group, Marcella’s Kitchen, Marshall County Exceptional Center, VFW Post 1084 and Auxiliary, and Cub Scout Pack 2484 and Troop 2484.
All canned good donations were split evenly between Needline and Marcella’s Kitchen.