LISBON – Today marks the opening of the annual Lights on the River exhibit at Lisbon Beach and Campground.
Were going to have 75 displays, said Scott A. Wilhelm, president of the Lights on the River Inc.
The first year we had 25, then 50, Mr. Wilhelm said.
Lights on the River is currently in its third year.
The holiday light show is free and open to the public, although monetary donations and nonperishable food items are accepted at the entrance.
All donations go to local food pantries.
Mr. Wilhelm said this year the program will be supporting food pantries in Lisbon, Ogdensburg, Heuvelton, Hammond, Madrid, Waddington and Canton.
Last year we raised $12,000 and about $5,000 in food, he said.
Vice President Amy M. Fortin said she thinks the draw is really that its the community getting involved.
Roughly 12,000 people visited the exhibit last year, Mr. Wilhelm said.
Ms. Fortin said the event is free to drive through and free to participate in. Anyone is welcome to set up a display, she said, and it gives a lot of exposure to businesses and organizations.
The only cost is what it takes to make the display, she said.
Lights on the River will run from today to Dec. 23 and is open from 5 to 9 p.m. every day.
Groups with displays are:
Alternative Energy Class
Bishop General Construction
Clear Pond Hunting Club
Community Broadcasters (Ogdensburg)
Cub Scouts (Heuvelton)
Cub Scouts Pack 2 (Lisbon)
First Congregational Church of Lisbon (White Church)
First Presbyterian Church of Ogdensburg
Gary & Aileens
Hand to Hand
Hepburn Library of Lisbon
Jules Of Life Foundation
Julies Dance Studio
Lisbon National Honor Society
Lisbon Post Office
Lisbon Town Rec
LP Thompson Insurance Agency Ltd
Millers Swap Shop
NAPA Auto Parts (Gillies)
New Horizons Wireless
North Pole Satellite Office
Northern Physical Therapy
Odd Fellows – Seaway Lodge No. 41
Off the Hook B&B
Ogdensburg Command Performances
Ogdensburg Correctional Facility
Pepsi Cola Ogdensburg Bottlers
PJs 4 Xmas
Potsdam BOCES – Dave Smiths Class
Q Country 102.9/96.7 YES-FM/PAC 98.7
Ray Burns & Sons Trucking
Senior/Ambassador Girl Scout Troop 50200 of Heuvelton
Small Fry Academy
St. Marguerite DYouville Academy
Sons of American Legion – Lisbon
Source Capital Group, Inc.
Ss Philip & James Church
St Lawrence Federal Credit Union
St. Lawrence Reality Check
Stephens Media Group (Massena)
Stepping Stones Children Therapy
The Brander Family Generations
The Dirty Gringo
The Joanette Family
The King, Hall & Hooper Families
The Wilhelm Family (Hank & Geryl-Jo)
United Helpers – ICF – Heuvelton
United Helpers – ICF – Lisbon & Rens Falls
Wesleyan Church Young Adults