Bentleyville Still in Need of Volunteers

Bentleyville is free thanks to the hard work of fundraisers and volunteers. Bentleyville is free thanks to the hard work of fundraisers and volunteers. |  Photo: WDIO, File

Amy Adamle
Updated: October 22, 2019 04:42 PM

Bentleyville opens one month from Wednesday and time is winding down to get everything set up.  They are still in need of volunteers to help get the world's largest, free walk-through lighting display up and running. 


"We either have great weather where people need to stay at home and get their leaves raked or they're doing other things, or the weather has been really wet, so people haven't come out, " Nathan Bentley, Bentleyville's Executive Director, said. "We're a little bit behind on getting some of the lights up on our tunnels and our barricades and areas that we really need volunteers to come help out with."

If you're interested in volunteering, you can head down to Bayfront on Wednesdays from 5 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the weekends they have donuts, pop, and coffee in the morning and lunch is provided by area restaurants. 

"We truly need hundreds of people to put this thing together and as I've mentioned, it's been a little tough this year," Bentley said.

 To support Bentleyville, you can also stop by a local Holiday Gas Station and you can try and find a golden ticket.  They're offering great prizes for golden ticket winners.

"We have a $750,000 annual budget to put this on, so this is just a small part of our big fundraising effort every year to put this on and keep it free for everyone," Bentley said. 

They're also fundraising for a new popcorn machine to hand out popcorn during Bentleyville. You can donate to help with the popcorn machine here. 

There are some new things you can see at Bentleyville this year.  Nathan Bentley said they've redone the main tree and they're re-wrapping it right now.  There's also a new underwater display and they redid the firepit area and turned it into the castle. 

For more information on Bentleyville, go here. 


Amy Adamle

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