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Main Street lights up for holidays

DUNCAN, Okla._There's only 54 days until Santa comes to town, but Main Street Duncan is getting in the holiday spirit a little early this year.

Ten volunteers started hanging the city's Christmas lights Saturday.

Volunteers are trading in their Halloween orange for some Christmas red and green hanging up nearly 10,000 Christmas lights downtown Duncan. The snowflakes alone make up a total of 1,176 of those lights.

"This morning we'll hang lights and tonight we'll do candy," Executive Director of Main Street Duncan Destiny Ahlfenger said.

Ahlfenger said over the next two months, Saturday was the only day available on the calendar to put up lights.

"We do not hang the lights every year on Halloween, but it is a good problem to have this year. We are so busy downtown with church events and the Veterans Day parade and holiday stroll coming up soon that this was the only time that we had and so we took the opportunity."

Ahlfenger said this will be the third year for the LED lights wrapped around the light poles after they were damaged by vandals in November of 2012.

"Through the efforts of our members and volunteers and supporters we were able to replace those so these are fairly new to the city," she said.

She says the hope for the Christmas lights is to encourage members of the community to engage in what the city has to offer.

"To eat and shop and play and you know enjoy, enjoy being with their families and friends."

In all, it took about 4 hours to complete hanging the lights. The lights will stay up through the holiday season, so they can be enjoyed by all who visit downtown.

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