It was a great year for the Winfield Isle of Lights, with more than 35,000 cars going through to see the displays. Free-will donations collected at the gate are higher than they have ever been.
Tonight is the last night to drive through the Winfield Isle of Lights until next season. The park will be open from 6-10.
Tear-down and packing away the displays begins from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday. Volunteers are needed to help accomplish this task. Community members and civic groups are encouraged to sign up for shifts at winfieldisleoflightsinc.volunteerlocal.com/volunteer/?id=33036
According to a report given by Winfield Isle of Lights, Inc., board member Rick Meyer, during the week of Dec. 14-20, 6,414 cars went through the lights and $37,959 was given in donations.
The Winfield Isle of Lights, Inc., board of directors uses the money from the donations to maintain existing displays, improve the park and purchase new displays for next year.
The success of this year undoubtedly comes from the fact that the event was already structured to have little to no person-to-person contact, which made it a great choice for holiday family outings during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Family units could enjoy the lights and Christmas music without leaving their vehicles and could go around the park as many times as they wanted. On Dec. 12, the night of the downtown Winfield Main Street Lighted Christmas Parade, the line for the Winfield Isle of Lights stretched all the way past 14th Avenue. This required the Winfield Police Department to redirect the line to the side streets in order to clear up traffic on the highway.
For more information about the Winfield Isle of Lights or to make contributions, visit www.isleoflights.org.