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Yorkton Lions put Festival of Lights on hold until 2024

If anyone would like to donate lights to, volunteer for, or sponsor the 2024 event they can talk to any Lion member, or email [email protected]
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It was at the Nov. 6 regular meeting of Yorkton Council Lions club representative Kellsey Popowich appeared to gain city support for the project. (File Photo)

YORKTON  - The Yorkton Lions Club has decided to put plans for a Festival of Lights in the city on hold for a year.

“We want it to be big,” offered Lion Denny Vachon. “We want it to be something people talk about and draws people from outside Yorkton too.”

To achieve that Vachon said it was decided not to rush the project this year, but to spend the next year properly organizing things.

It was at the Nov. 6 regular meeting of Yorkton Council Lions club representative Kellsey Popowich appeared to gain city support for the project.

Popowich explained to Council the project would transform the Yorkton City Campground “into a magical, twinkling wonderland. As families drive through the enchanting route, they're greeted by whimsical light displays, each sparking joy and holiday cheer.”

The Yorkton Lions Festival of Lights, will be modelled after the highly successful Enchanted Forest in Saskatoon and would be a multi-faceted event in terms of community impact, starting with getting people involved.

“A drive-thru light festival offers an accessible and delightful experience for families and individuals. It's an occasion for us to foster community spirit and provide a slice of enchantment during the winter season,” Popowich told Council.

In making the presentation to Council the Lions were seeking council’s approval and sponsorship for access to the campground, electricity to the campsites and snow removal of the roads in and to the campground for a period in late November through to early January.

While exact details still needed to be confirmed as of Nov. 6,  Council did pass a motion unanimously in support of what was generally requested.

Now the project will re-emerge in about 12 months.

It’s time to arrange partnership and sponsorships and get everything right for the first year, said Vachon.

If anyone would like to donate lights to, volunteer for, or sponsor the 2024 event they can talk to any Lion member, or email [email protected]

 

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