Volunteers help get park ready for the holidays - KSWO 7News | Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Volunteers help get park ready for the holidays

(Source: KSWO) (Source: KSWO)
(Source: KSWO) (Source: KSWO)

LAWTON, OK (KSWO) -Volunteers spent their Saturday morning getting Elmer Thomas Park ready for the annual Christmas parade that happens in November. They put up Christmas lights and decorations that will be a part of Holiday in the Park.

More than 60 Lawton High JROTC cadets showed up to help decorate. Volunteers Hunter Stafford and Madison Tenney said they were happy to come out and help get the park ready.

"I came out to help out to put up lights and to serve my community,” Stafford said.

If we weren't out here, I would imagine that some Christmas lights wouldn't get put up, Tenney said.

Vice chairman of the Holiday in the Park committee Jeanie Wheeler says they only run off donations and if they don't get enough volunteers, then the city would help with the set up costing the city money. Wheeler doesn't believe that should have to happen

"They give us the place to do it, they pay the electric bill,” Wheeler said. “They support us every way they can to provide holiday lights for the community so the rest is up to the community."

Wheeler said they are trying to get the displays better every year but they need the communities help.

"We would love every business to have a light display out here...every organization, every church, everyone. This is a community effort," Wheeler said.

Tenney said she was happy to help out with something that is so close to her school. Especially because she enjoys coming out to enjoy the festivities.

"Everybody likes Christmas and everybody likes a little show and Christmas lights,” Tenney said. “Sometimes just to come out and see them and everybody likes it and to be able to do it, it's very nice. I mean, I like it, everybody that I know likes it so it's nice."

If you weren't able to come out today Wheeler hopes to have another setup day later this month or early next month. 

The park officially opens for the Holiday season on November 19 when they have their annual Holiday in the Park Parade through Elmer Thomas Park.

Copyright 2016 KSWO. All rights reserved.

  • Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • From Shreveport to Seneca Falls, a march for female power

    From Shreveport to Seneca Falls, a march for female power

    Saturday, January 20 2018 11:57 AM EST2018-01-20 16:57:26 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:02 PM EST2018-01-20 23:02:17 GMT
    People line up on Central Park West as they wait for the start of a march highlighting equal rights and equality for women Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York.  (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)People line up on Central Park West as they wait for the start of a march highlighting equal rights and equality for women Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

    Across the globe, people are hitting the streets on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

    Across the globe, people are hitting the streets on the one-year anniversary of President Donald Trump's inauguration, marching against his policies and in support of the #MeToo movement against sexual assault and harassment.

  • IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

    IOC says North Korea to have 22 athletes in 5 Olympic sports

    Saturday, January 20 2018 4:06 AM EST2018-01-20 09:06:13 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-01-20 23:00:41 GMT

    Olympic and government officials from North Korea and South Korea have begun a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Switzerland to confirm how they will unite for the Pyeongchang...

    Olympic and government officials from North Korea and South Korea have begun a meeting at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) headquarters in Switzerland to confirm how they will unite for the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month.

  • GOP, Democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown's 1st day

    GOP, Democrats show no sign of retreat on shutdown's 1st day

    Saturday, January 20 2018 8:06 AM EST2018-01-20 13:06:36 GMT
    Saturday, January 20 2018 6:00 PM EST2018-01-20 23:00:05 GMT
    The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
    The government shutdown has begun, and so has the finger-pointing, with President Donald Trump saying Democrats wanted to give him "a nice present" to mark the one-year anniversary of his inauguration.
Powered by Frankly