Bentleyville Team Working on Final Preparations for Opening Night

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: November 20, 2019 06:49 PM

Bentleyville is just three days from opening and many will be making their way to Duluth for the popular Christmas display. Final preparations were taking place Wednesday.


Nathan Bentley and his volunteers have been working tirelessly to make sure everything is ready to go.

They’ve been putting the final touches on everything. That includes stocking up the gift shop with Christmas and Bentleyville themed merchandise.

“We had it all down to the bricks and now we've built grid walls and brought all of our stuff that we're going to sell to families. Hats, gloves, sweatshirts, sweatpants, kids toys, puzzles. You name it, we got it,” said Sarah Melhorn, a volunteer.

“Food has arrived and we're getting all the popcorn and everything into the building, the cookie house and all the different food supplies,” said Nathan Bentley, the founder of Bentleyville.

They've also been prepping the parking lot, putting up signs, and doing final checks on the lights. At least 60 volunteers work daily when Bentleyville is in season.

“Schedules are set up with all of our volunteers so they know where to find things, how to use our cash registers, or know where the fire pit supplies are, so all the different aspects of the details are going to an operation this big,” said Bentley.

It’s something volunteers like Melhorn look forward to. It’s her first time volunteering at Bentleyville.

“I am like a little kid on Christmas every day I come here because I get to see new things that they have, like the new displays that are put up and you get to watch this start from nothing and watch it complete,” said Melhorn.

Bentley said preparations were off to a rough start with rainy weather, but now, he said things are coming together.

“The first three weekends we had rain but after that the weather turned itself around and we're able to get caught up and ready to open here,” said Bentley.

The Bentleyville team has seen it go from the ground up and looks forward to finally seeing it in action.

“I'm really excited. Part of the reason that I come down and continue to be here on a daily basis is to help spread the Christmas cheer and see the kids, adults, and everyone,” said Melhorn.

The grand opening is Saturday, Nov. 23 at 5 p.m.

WDIO will be live from Bentleyville next Monday Nov. 25 for our 5 and 6 p.m. newscasts.


Alejandra Palacios

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