Lights of the Delta kicked off Monday
As the holiday season begins to sweep across the country, one thing can always be counted on in Mississippi County -- the opening of the treasured holiday lights display, Lights of the Delta.
LOTD executive director George Hubbard revealed this year will feature four brand new displays, three of which will include motion effects.
LOTD had its kick-off night on Monday, Nov. 19, and will be open until Dec. 27. Tickets are $10 per personal vehicle, $24 for small buses and $50 for large buses.
As per tradition, the opening night for LOTD did not have a set cost for those who attended. The LOTD staff asked for donations of toys, food and money to the Blytheville Food Pantry and Ignite program. All monetary donations will go to the ignite program. Opening night was also host to the annual “Grilling with Santa” event in Jingle Bell Park. Free hamburgers, hotdogs, chips and drinks were available to all those who attended. Attendees also enjoyed the appearances from Santa Claus and local pageant queens. Jackie Plunkett with the Pork Chop Mafia manned the grill for the event.
“There was no set amount," Hubbard said. "We just ask that you bring a donation. You can bring a monetary donation, you can bring canned food or you can bring a brand new toy. All the toys and monetary donations go to the Ignite fund and all the canned food goes to the Blytheville/Gosnell Food Pantry. We usually expect a big crowd."
On Thursday Nov. 29, a new transportation option will arise. For many years hayrides have been offered at LOTD. The process included making a reservation through the LOTD website and cost $40 on weekdays or $60 on Friday and Saturday nights. While this service will still be offered, the LOTD staff will be offering a new service. On Thursday nights hayrides will be available for $5 per person. Hubbard said that you can drive up anytime and when you arrive you will just wait for the next hayride to arrive and it will take whoever is waiting (up to 20 people) on the ride. The hayrides will make a stop at Jingle Bell Park and should be coming through around every 15 minutes.
“A couple of people can come and ride on a hayride as cheaply as they could drive through, for $10, or if you’ve got a family of four it is only $20, which will be about half of what you would normally have to pay. Only difference is that when you rent the trailer you get it by yourself, on the $5 per person you will just be riding with anybody that shows up,” Hubbard said.
Santa will be in Jingle Bell Park every Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.
Monday, Nov. 26, will be LOTD fifth annual twinkle walk, which is $15 per person from 5:30-7:00 p.m. The price includes a t-shirt and allows attendees to walk through the display instead of driving through it.
On Tuesday night, thanks to sponsors, the price is only $5 per car instead of the usual $10.
LOTD has around 6 million lights that illuminate nearly a mile and half and it is the largest light attraction in the Mid-South.