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Electric extravaganza: holiday light show returns to Ronan

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RONAN — The power switch of what appeared to be billions of strands of twinkling and sparkling Christmas lights was flipped on during the annual Lights Under the Big Sky festival.

After taking a year off last year due to the pandemic, the dazzling, one-of-a-kind holiday light spectacle returned once again to the Lake County Fair Grounds in Ronan on Friday and Saturday evening.

“It’s great to see everyone back out again,” said event volunteer Eric Kendall who was stationed at one of the many kid-friendly activity booths located in ‘Santa’s Workshop.’

In the workshop, youngsters had a chance to participate in numerous games, activities and crafts. Some highlighted activities included face painting, ornament making, and GaGa ball, a game described as a kinder, gentler version of dodge ball.

A half-mile maze of illuminated displays afforded festivalgoers a pleasant way to spend a crisp winter evening with friends and family.

This season’s colorful displays included a tunnel of lights, lighted wire sculptures, a sailboat, tipi and a decorated vintage truck. 

Families and friends also had a chance to grab group photos in front of the many holiday-themed selfie stations and brightly decorated displays. Photos could also be taken with Santa himself.

Helping to keep everyone warm, volunteers handed out cups of hot chocolate and kept the fire pits that were scattered throughout the venue full of firewood.

In the Community Center, a wide variety of musicians, singers, dancers and choirs entertained shoppers as they visited various craft and art vendors and voted for their favorite non-profit decorated Christmas tree.

Lights Under the Big Sky resumes Friday and Saturday evening from 5-9 p.m. Event schedules and more information can be found by visiting or at

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