Information provided by Tarah Pyse
The second annual Light Up The Park event concluded on Christmas Eve after three weekends of inviting the public to drive through the lighted display in the Prophetstown State Park. This year the event was organized and operated by Prophetstown’s First Responders.
Prophetstown Police Chief Bruce Franks reported the event raised $3,200 and had a total of 502 vehicles take in the display. The donations will be given to area charities. “It was better attended last year but most events were shut down due to Covid,” said Franks. “My hope is we can make it bigger and better next year and in the years to come.” The display will continue next year with Prophetstown’s First Responders once again organizing the event.
Franks also gave a special thank you to volunteer Aaron Sandrock who, “went above and beyond to help and was in the park each night of the event.”
Visitors were asked to vote for their favorite displays with the top three receiving recognition: 1st – Prophet Mini Mart, 2nd – Prophetstown Police Dept., 3rd – The Haley Family.
In a post on the event’s Facebook Page the committee expressed their thanks to the following:
Everyone that entered a display this year and to all those that visited the park. The Prophetstown Public Works Department for all their help in setting up lights and everything else they do to help with this event. The Prophetstown Mason’s for their monetary donation to purchase goody bags and for volunteering in the park. Dick Maronde with Mudd Insurance for his monetary donation towards goody bags and volunteering in the park along with Raye Ann Kobbeman for making sure Santa and Mrs. Claus visited the park. Dan and Sue Eyrich for also making sure Santa and Mrs. Claus visited. Aroundptown.com for all the advertising and wonderful stories. Roger Williams with JR Signs for the generous donations of signs for the entries. The Prophetstown High School LEO club for volunteering to work in the park. Bill Hartman with Hartman Construction for the addition of the lights on the bridge. Gabe Olinger with Olinger Trucking for Santa’s shed. Aaron Sandrock for volunteering. William L Friedrich for stepping in last minute to volunteer. Prophetstown Fire Department personnel for showing up every night to volunteer and help in every way.