Bentleyville volunteers begin the set-up of the 129-foot tall tree
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While the holiday season is still a couple months away, Bentleyville volunteers are already hard at work.
The Bentleyville “Tour of lights” did have some set backs from a vandalism incident costing thousands of dollars. However, Nathan Bentley said they have already moved forward with assembling their 128-foot tall tree at the center of Bayfront.
“Each year when it comes out of storage and marches its way down railroad street, it comes in 340 foot sections” Bentley said. “So the section behind me is the base of it, 40 feet in diameter, with the topping out is 40 feet and the total trees, 128 feet tall with 150,000 LED lights.”
Bentley said this will be the 20th anniversary of Bentleyville, and there can always be more Bentleyville volunteers.
“We’ve got something for everybody. We also have volunteer nights on Wednesday from 5pm to 8:00pm,” Bentley said. “If you can’t make a weekend and you can’t make it all day. But you can come for three or 4 hours or thereabouts. We’d love to have you.”
George Nos with Halvor Lines, said he’s been moving the tree sections for nearly ten years.
“I’m proud of that. My kids and grandkids get a kick out of it,” Nos said. “The way I look at Christmas is coming and the family tree is going up.”