December 11th, 2019 ~ Vol. 89 No. 50
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Million Light Festival
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David Selles
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The Bellecrest Society held their annual festival of lights December 7th.
Belle Kovach, a volunteer with the Bellecrest Society, says the festival involves a few different activities for people to enjoy.

“The light festival is primarily a Santa Claus event. It's held in the Bellevue Legion. It involves Santa and other activities for children. There's some entertainment and we have chili provided by the Legion ladies as well as free hotdogs for anybody.”

Other things people could see during the festival included a pop up Christmas Market at Rudy’s and games and craft making as well.
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Kovach says this type of event has been happening in the town for a few years now.

“The Bellecrest Society has been lighting the town of Bellevue for a number of years. A few years ago a suggestion was made that we try to increase the amount of lighting and work it up until it's about a million lights. At that time, it didn't fall on deaf ears and we thought it was a wonderful thing to do for Bellecrest and we were good at putting up lights. So we started adding more and more lights over the years. We will continue to do that until we reach a million lights.”
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Kovach says that each year, the society tries to add at least $1,000-$1,500 worth of lights to the town.

As for why a festival like this is put on, Kovach says it goes back further into the history of the town.

“Bellecrest Society's mandate has always been to create things that get people off the main highway and into Bellevue and Hillcrest. We've continued with that mandate and we always try to do something for the people who are on main street and we do it for the children in the town as well.”
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