RV volunteers power annual light show
The Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park in South Carolina is one of the nation's largest and most well-known light shows and it wouldn't be possible without the hard work and dedication of some RV volunteers.
The show is a big draw for tourists and campers and features 750 separate displays and more than two million bulbs plus family-friendly activities like rides, music, Santa's Village, a walking trail and marshmallow roasting. According to the Post and Courier newspaper, the park's 124 camping sites sell out every fall and are booked as much as a year in advance.
About 20 of those campsites are occupied by volunteers who come back to help put up, work at and take down the light show each year. They come as early as September and stay through March in many cases for the massive job.
"We love it. It's our favorite place to be and one of the nicest campgrounds you can go to," volunteer Nita Ash told the newspaper.
Among the jobs for the volunteers are assembling, testing, maintaining and mounting the many light displays, switching out old bulbs with new ones and hosting the crowds.
"We took out 180,000 bulbs and then put new ones back," volunteer Larry Ash said.
The Holiday Festival of Lights is listed as one of the country's top 10 light shows by the American Bus Touring Company. It runs through January 3rd.