BEATRICE – The annual Winter Lights Festival at the Gage County Courthouse this year could take on a brighter appearance. The bulbs attached to the courthouse will be replaced.
Gage County Building and Grounds Superintendent Dave Jones says it’s been about 15 years since the last replacement. The L-E-D lights that are used are durable, but they grow dim, over time.
:13 “not break”
Jones says about 2,500 individual lights were ordered, and there are several lights attached to trees, on the courthouse grounds.
:32 “for us”
The lights and wiring are all privately funded, through the Holiday Lights Foundation. Jones says the group also funds maintenance and installation.
:22 “around the tower”
The annual festival is the Sunday before Thanksgiving. Jones says the plan is to get the lights replaced before this year’s celebration.
:20 “anything like that”
During the celebration, November 18th, activities start on the east courthouse lawn at 5:30 p.m., with the lights coming on for the holiday season, at 6:00 p.m.
The Gage County Courthouse is on the National Register of Historic Places.