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Local festival draws hundreds to Three LakesSubmitted: 11/24/2017

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THREE LAKES - Some people might spend the day after Thanksgiving finishing off their leftovers, while others are already celebrating the next holiday's festivities with Santa.

Three Lakes celebrated its 22nd Festival of Lights Friday evening.

The festival took volunteers a few days to set up.
"I am so excited. I'm like a kid myself," said volunteer Linda Brainard.

Brainard has volunteered at the Festival of Lights in Three Lakes for the last seven years.

"Making memories for kids is what Christmas is all about," said Brainard with a smile.

Brainard and a handful of other volunteers have spent the last few days hanging up Christmas lights, decorating candy canes and getting Santa's chair all set up.


"Kids are just in awe and they are so excited to see [Santa], said Brainard.

The biggest job for the volunteers was to make sure everything was lit up well enough for the festival.
"[we had to] string all the lights on the buildings, the lights on the trees, and we decorated the gazebo," said Three Lakes Chamber President Justin Behling.

Behling says the festival has been around for 22 years.

"It just brings everyone together it's a great chance for all the kids to come out and get together," said Brainard.

And this year Brainard will be in line waiting to see Santa with her one- year-old grandson.

"He can't wait and I can't wait to see his face," said Brainard.


Story By: Erin Beu

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