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Ribbon cutting for Rhinelander's drive through lighting display Submitted: 12/14/2017
Story By Phylicia Ashley

 Ribbon cutting for Rhinelander's drive through lighting display
RHINELANDER - Thursday Rhinelander turned into the city of lights. The Light of the Northwoods kicked off its drive-through light show at Hodag Park today.
"We never got to do anything like this when I was a kid," said volunteer Corey Passmore.
However, Passmore's son will get the chance to experience a Christmas in a way his father was never able to.
"As far as I can think back we've never had anything like this in Rhinelander," said Passmore.
Months of preparation, hundreds of hours setting up, and more than a dozen creative minds helped create magic in Rhinelander.
"Symbolizes an opportunity for community to come together," said YMCA of the Northwoods CEO Ryan Zietlow. 


The Lights of the Northwoods organization transformed Hodag Park into a drive- through light show.
Passmore volunteered Thursday to help give Rhinelander a gift he couldn't tie with a bow. 

Zietlow's reason for partnering with the Lights of the Northwoods was personal.
"It's a chance for me to get my family involved in the community and to be out and involved," said Zietlow.
Organizers described Thursday as the perfect event to bring the city together and give their community experience that's long overdue. Whether it was for a day or a whole weekend the community came together to help make today's ribbon cutting happen. 

"What makes it special is all the time we put into doing this," said Passmore.
Volunteers have been at Hodag Park since around 7 a.m. Thursday morning to make sure the ribbon cutting goes smoothly.



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