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Volunteers help get park ready for the holidays

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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.

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