Fort Asks For Help For Lights

Fort Sisseton is asking for some help to spread some cheer this Christmas season.

Due to COVID-19, the Fort will be unable to safely host its traditional Frontier Christmas as it has for the last 20 years. In its place, plans are to bring some cheer with a free drivethrough light display.

Businesses, groups or individuals are being encouraged to decorate a space located along the Fort driveway and through the campground. There is no participation fee, only the cost of decorations.

“Participants are welcome to include free advertising at the site. Plus, you get to help bring some cheer in this trying year without paying the electric bill,” said Ali Jo Tonsfeldt, Fort Sisseton Park Manager.

Those participating are asked to decorate the site between Nov. 15-Dec. 3, and the event will run from Dec. 4-25 from 7-11 p.m. nightly. Electricity is available at all sites.

There will be “People’s Choice” awards given out for the top three sites.

During the event, programs are available with each participant’s business or group information, so people will know who is helping to bring some cheer to Christmas this year.

The Fort is asking for donations for local food pantries from those who will be enjoying the light display. A mailbox for letters for Santa, military personnel, first responders and veterans will also be on site for people drop off their letters.

Businesses, groups, or individuals interested in participating should contact Tonsfeldt at 605.448.5474 or Alicia.tonsfeldt@state.sd.us to reserve a spot.

“Thank you for helping us make this Christmas time a little brighter for everyone,” Tonsfeldt concluded.

Marshall County Journal

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