Nearly 15,000 lights were strung up downtown this month by city of Elizabethtown workers.
That includes 3,000 lights on the city’s tree in Walker Square, the roughly 200 on each of the 45 poles decorated and the about 3,000 lights on the Haycraft bridge.
The main four city workers behind the decorations are Trinity Stutz, Kenneth Stutz, Blake Hammons and Sean Poppe. Along with stringing the lights downtown, which takes them about three weekends to complete, they also find the city’s tree, cut it down and bring it to Walker Square.
Their search for the perfect tree led them to Nelson County, Meade County, Sonora and Cecilia before finally finding it behind the Elizabethtown Police Department.
“We looked every where and it was right there,” Kenneth Stutz said. “It was literally right in our backyard.”
Trinity Stutz has been decorating Elizabethtown’s downtown for 10 years, while Kenneth Stutz has been involved eight years, Hammons a year and Poppe four years. They volunteer to work weekends to place the decorations downtown.
Elizabethtown Mayor Jeff Gregory said people often don’t realize the work behind it all.
“This is extra on top of what their individual job is,” he said.
Poppe said, personally, he enjoys the holiday so putting up Christmas decorations is a win-win.
The lights are available for community members to enjoy for the first time this Saturday as the city hosts the annual Light Up Downtown, an all-day event where several businesses in the downtown area partner to offer several shopping, dining and craft making experiences for the whole family.
The schedule of Light Up Downtown includes:
• 8 to 10 a.m.: Breakfast with Santa at The State Theater. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at thestate270.org. As of Thursday, only the 8 a.m. time slot still had seats available.
• 9 a.m.: Breakfast with Mrs. Claus at the Wicked Eyed Woman.
• 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Santa’s Workshop with holiday craft making at the Brown Pusey House. Cost is $5 per child and includes the making of three different holiday crafts. Go to brownpuseyhouse.org for information.
• Noon: Lunch with Santa and his elf at Roxie’s Café.
• 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.: “The Polar Express” movie showing at The State Theater. Children are welcome to come in their pajamas.
• 5 p.m.: The Christmas parade begins at St. John Road and ends at North Main Street. Most of Dixie re-opens once the parade concludes.
• 5:30 p.m.: Light Up Downtown on Walker Square. Gregory and students are reading “’Twas the Night Before Christmas.” There also is a photo opportunity with Santa, lighting of the downtown tree, caroling by the Hardin County Playhouse and a live nativity displayed by Southeast Christian Church.