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Organizers: Festival of Lights draws thousands

December 29, 2010

The 14th Annual Comanche Trail Festival of Lights runs through Friday at Comanche Trail Park. Admission is free, although donations are accepted. (HERALD photo/Steve Reagan)

As the Comanche Trail Festival of Lights enters the home stretch of its 14th annual run, almost 20,000 people have visited the holiday attraction, officials say.

Pat Simmons, who has directed the event since its inception, said 19,435 people have toured the festival as of Tuesday morning. The busiest night was Christmas Eve, when more than 2,200 people came through the gates at Comanche Trail Park.

People from 36 states and 12 countries have visited the event, Simmons said.

“I don't think we'll get the 25,000 goal I wanted, but it's going good,” Simmons said. “In fact, it's gone exceptionally well. We had an attempted theft of some floodlights the other night, but other than that, things have gone well.”

The festival runs nightly from 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Comanche Trail Park. Visitors are asked to enter the park at the intersection of Whipkey Drive and Highway 87. Admission is free, although donations, which go toward financing future festivals, are welcome.

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