RHINELANDER - What will more than 50,000 lights look like when strung up at Rhinelander's Hodag Park? We will find out in less than a month.
The Lights of the Northwoods is organizing a drive-through holiday lights show for mid-December. Group members worked on spooling and counting some of the 39,000 lights they've bought so far on Wednesday. They plan to buy 11,000 more soon.
"I think it's pressure, but I think it's excitement," vice president Shawn Will said. "I think we've got something that's going to be really impressive."
The holiday lights show will be similar to -- but not nearly the same size -- as displays in La Crosse and Marshfield.
"Kind of teasing the public to try to come back and build it bigger and bigger like they did in La Crosse," WIll said. "They started with 26,000 lights in La Crosse and now they're at three million."
Will says the Lights of the Northwoods has already surpassed a fundraising goal of $15,000 thanks to a number of groups and donors. That includes donations of $5,000 from the Rhinelander Lions Club, much of which was given after the Lights group reached $10,000 in other funds.
"You have the Lions working with the Rotary, the Rotary working with the Knights, it's phenomenal, it's really cool," WIll said.
The group still needs volunteers to help with set up, tear down, and to host the show in Hodag Park. There's also plenty of electrical work that needs to be done at the park, which Will says businesses like Gaber Electric have offered to help do.
The Lights of the Northwoods is scheduled for December 14th through the 17th.
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RHINELANDER - Salvation Army organizations across the country set out their red buckets and bells, including spots right in the Northwoods.
However, the local Mincoqua, Tomahawk and Rhinelander Salvation Armies are short of volunteers in the coming week.
Kettle Coordinator Kim Swisher said that last year, Rhinelander's Salvation Army surpassed their goal of $40,000 with help from volunteers. So this year, the organization is amping up the goal after raising $52,000 in 2018.
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