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Nights of Lights opens

Event takes place at Bedford County Fairgrounds

The Bedford County Chamber of Commerce has opened its second annual Holiday Nights of Lights at the Bedford County Fairgrounds.

The seasonal display opened Friday.

The community-based, drive-thru light display features more than 100 businesses, organizations, churches, school groups and families this year. Groups have spent the last month designing and building light installations as part of the mile-long route through the historic property.

This year, Holiday Nights of Lights will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., weather permitting, on these dates:

* Nov. 27-30.

* Dec. 4-6.

* Dec. 11-13.

* Dec. 18-23.

* Dec. 26-27.

Santa will be on hand from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evenings for socially distant photos at the exit under the pavilion.

“We know that under the circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be some restrictions on holiday gatherings and events this year,” said Kellie Goodman Shaffer, President and CEO of the Bedford County Chamber of Commerce. “We hope that the Holiday Nights of Lights will provide something special for families to do together in a safe and socially distant way, creating lasting memories in spite of all of the challenges of 2020. And we could all use a little light this year.”

Proceeds from the Holiday Nights of Lights benefit the nonprofit Bedford County Chamber Foundation, which provides unique learning opportunities for students and adults of the Bedford County region. The education foundation focuses on workforce development and career exploration, literacy initiatives and leadership programs like Leadership Bedford County, Youth Leadership Bedford County and the YLBC Summit.

Programs of the foundation are available to more than 5,000 students each year in Pre-K through 12th grade.

Guests should enter through Gate 5. The main gate is the exit of the light route. While enjoying the lights, visitors should tune their radios to 1600 AM/WAYC for holiday music and sponsor messages.

Admission is a donation of $10 per car, cash only, at the gate. Visitors also can purchase a digital ticket online through the Chamber website.

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