The festive decorations that energized in late November for the Ladysmith Festival of Lights are coming down this weekend. (file photo)

Volunteers needed for Sunday’s Festival of Lights takedown

Volunteers asked to meet at the 49th Parallel Grocery upper parking lot at 9 a.m.

Ladysmith has gone dark for another year.

And your help is needed to make sure the town will shine again come next November.

Last Sunday, Ladysmith’s Christmas light show shone for the last time in the 31st-annual Ladysmith Festival of Lights. This Sunday, volunteers are being rallied to help take down the decorations and get them into storage in preparation for the 32nd edition of the trademark festival.

Town crews were out Monday to start the job of taking down all the stringers and decorations that adorned downtown. On Jan. 20, volunteers are needed o help take the lights out of the trees along First Ave., as well as the top of Roberts Street and Dalby’s corner.

The work party starts at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet at the upper parking lot at the 49th Parallel Grocery.

“The takedown work party normally takes about 2 to 2.5 hours” said Festival of Lights president Alex Cook. “We normally are very lucky when it comes to folks coming out to help. Unfortunately, we don’t get quite as many for take down as we do for set up, but it all adds up and even if folks only have an hour, that works for us.”

“No special tools are required for the take down work party, but warm dry clothing is the fare for the day.”

Ladysmith Family and Friends will supply volunteers with a hot lunch and beverages at the Aggie Hall.

“The take down work party is great for families, friends, neighbours, absolutely everybody to come out and have a great time in their town,” Cook said.

RELATED: 10 Ladysmith Light Up photos sure to get you in the holiday spirit

The town’s 31st-annual Festival of Lights was hugely success with almost 25,000 people attending Light Up Night and it’s estimated that more than 66,000 people visited Ladysmith to view the lights over the seven weeks they are on.

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