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Swan City Park lighting ceremony is this Friday

November 22, 2018

The lights will be turned on in Swan City Park on Friday with a display bigger than last year’s and with special events going on during the first half of December.

The second annual display of Beaver Dam Rotary Lights in the Park will be lit from dusk to 10:30 p.m. on the east side of the park.

People are encouraged to attend the lighting ceremony, which will begin at 5 p.m. Friday at the park entrance on the northeastern side of the park.

“People should come to the brand new Happy Holidays archway,” said Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt, who came up with the idea of lighting the park when he was with Leadership Beaver Dam in 2017. Leadership Beaver Dam is a Chamber of Commerce program that focuses on developing leadership skills and community stewardship.

Schmidt, the community service chairman for the Beaver Dam Rotary, said the Rotary Club agreed to take over the project once it was established.

“We’ll be saying a few words and then everyone can enjoy the park,” Schmidt said.

The display has gotten bigger with new items added to it such as a Santa sleigh, Schmidt said. “The path with the arches and trees will be very exciting,” he said. “I think it will look great.”

Those attending are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for local food pantries.

More events centered around the display have been added this year, Schmidt said, as the Rotary looked for ways to promote the display and collect food to help the needy.

“We realize we could do both goals with these family-friendly events,” Schmidt said.

A Christmas Caroling night will be held Dec. 8 from 5-7 p.m. Hot Chocolate will be provided by the Beaver Dam Middle School Student Council.

Santa Claus will visit the park Dec. 15 from 5-7 p.m.

“People will be able take pictures with their kids and family in the sleigh with Santa,” Schmidt said.

Neighbors around the park are encouraged to light up their homes, Schmidt said.

The display will be turned off Jan. 2, Schmidt said.

“We have already started planning the 2019 display,” Schmidt said, adding he would like it to grow across the entire park.

Anyone who would like to join the committee can contact Schmidt at dschmidt@co.dodge.wi.us. The Rotary is especially looking for electricians and people with talents in woodworking.

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