- Michael Rompertl saw a problem and he decided to fix it.
"Well the name of this park is Hodag Park, yet there's no hodag," said Rompertl, while standing next to a display of three lit hodags. "Within about three days, they put together this display back here so we have actual hodags in the park."
Then he added it to one of Rhinelander's favorite holiday traditions: the Lights of the Northwoods annual light show.
"It's fantastic what the Lights of the Northwoods has done in two years," said Rompertl. "They have over 100,000 lights in the park this year. They have about 35 displays in the park this year. Doubled what they had last year."
Event President Shawn Will spent a year planning the second annual show. Seeing it all complete, bigger and brighter than last year, showed him his efforts were worth it.
"To actually see new additions as we grow each year, it's just really exciting just to see it get bigger and better," said Will.
Rompertl hopes one factor that will also get bigger and better is support from the community. He believes that support may just help the light show, and the hodag display, soar in years to come.
Rhinelander, you can see these hodags are off the ground a little bit," said Rompertl. "There's some good spirit going on, but I predict that in years to come these hodags will be flying if we get more Rhinelander community support. "
Will said he's already thinking about plans for next year.
He wants more lights than this year, plus a trolley that people could ride that would go through the light show.
The light show will run for two weekends, from Dec. 14 to 16 and Dec. 21 to 23.