Festival of Lights kicks off 20th year

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- One of Douglas County's longest running traditions kicked off over the weekend.

The Festival of Lights is a tradition for many families in the county.

It is the largest volunteer light show in the pacific northwest, and it's now in its 20th year.

The festival, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club, is a half mile long stretch of decorated scenes.

New this year, there will be a special salute to veterans.

A crew from Wolf Creek Job Corps has been working tirelessly to get the show up and running at River Forks Park, and officials say the show couldn't happen without them. Jack Reilly, the setup supervisor, says it's not an overnight process getting the thousands of lights up and going. "We have had students out here since September 24th working, and literally, if it wasn't for them, we wouldn't look as good as we do and it wouldn't be ready to go."

Fridays and Saturdays, it will be open from 5:30 to 10:00 p.m., and Sundays through Thursdays 5:30 to 9:00 p.m.

If you're willing to brave the cold there is a carriage ride through the park. That costs $5 per person or $20 for a family up to five people.

If you just want to drive your own car through the park, it's $8 per vehicle.

The Holiday Village, as always, is free.