Belpre Holiday Lights Festival committee looking for younger people to join

BELPRE, Ohio (WTAP) - It's a holiday tradition that's been going on in the Mid-Ohio Valley for 3 decades. But its future could be in jeopardy.

When the Belpre Holidays Light Festival started wowing spectators in 1989, it was run by a committee of 18 people. But now it's dwindled to 5.

"We're looking to see what can we do to ensure that this festival goes on," said Darien Lorentz, a committee member for the festival.

"We need to have some more younger people to come join the festival."

Lorentz says it's a year long commitment to prepare for the festival, which showcases holiday themed displays throughout Belpre throughout the holiday season. Volunteers can do everything from painting displays to repairing them. Lorentz says the committee meets on Saturdays at its warehouse behind Belpre's city building throughout the year to get this work done.

"We have a good core here and we would like to see it continued but if it doesn't, then we're worried about what will happen in the next couple of years as this core gets more senior," Lorentz said.

The goal is to keep the tradition alive.

"It's for all of us, just to go see how beautiful the lights are and we have people come in from all over the state and we have people that have driven from Florida to see our displays, they really enjoy them," Lorentz said.

If you are interested in joining the committee or volunteering to help them out, you can reach Lorentz at 740-525-2373 or contact the Belpre Area Chamber of Commerce.

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