Burgettstown ready to light up for Christmas

BURGETTSTOWN – Burgettstown’s annual Light Up Night tradition continues at 6 p.m. Sunday at the Burgettstown Community Park on Main Street.

Approximately 40 Christmas trees will be decorated by area businesses, service organizations, clubs and families from the Burgettstown area.

“When we talk about light up night, it gives us a nice activity for Burgettstown to take part in,” said organizer Jim Reedy. “All the businesses, groups and families like to take part and everyone comes out for a nice evening of fun. We continue to do it because interest continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Every year, we add new names to our list of participants. It speaks to the generosity of the area.”

A few trees are still available, and those groups and individuals wanting to decorate a tree should contact Reedy at (724) 947-4241 or the Burgettstown Kids Center at (724) 947-0744.

Those decorating the trees compete for two prizes, the judges’ choice and the people’s choice. A guest panel of judges will judge the trees based on creativity, theme, decoration, originality, lights and overall presentation, and award first, second and third place. The judges will be using a 100-point scale, said Reedy.

In addition, those attending will be able to vote on their favorites, he said. The tree receiving the greatest number of ballots will be crowned the people’s choice winner.

The trees should be available to decorate by today, but Reedy cautioned the competitive that the later a tree is decorated, the better its appearance for the judges. Burgettstown Public Works assists in putting up the trees and stringing electrical cords each year.

“Thanks to public works for their support of light up night,” said Reedy. “For getting the trees up and the electric out there, they are my go-to guys.”

The event began more than seven years ago with 10 trees and has grown each year, adding trees and participants.

“Once again, thanks to my father, (James) ‘Pap’ Reedy,” said Reedy. “He’s always out there, helping people with anything they need.”

Bill Chamberlain’s vocal students and the Burgettstown High School Band will perform, according to Reedy. Santa also will attend the festivities, flipping the switch to light up the trees. Children may have their photos taken with Santa, and those wanting to do so are asked to bring their own cameras.

Refreshments, including hot chocolate, hot dogs and cookies, will be available, said Reedy, who thanked the volunteers who help stage the event each year.

“Thank goodness for the volunteers who help with this activity every year,” said Reedy. “Without them, there’s a lot of good times we wouldn’t be having. Every year, I talk about our good core group of people, but there’s also volunteers who help out with individual events like this one. My hat’s off to all those involved with volunteering to make this a better community.”

The trees will remain in the park and on display and lit nightly throughout the holiday season until shortly after New Year’s Day.

(Wallace-Minger can be contacted at swallace@pafocus.com.)