Many people participated in this year’s second Campground Christmas set up at the Hay River Territorial Park (Northwest Territories) over the weekend.
The organizers stated that more than 100 vehicles passed through every night of December 3, 4, and 5 to view the Christmas light displays.
In a report, Tanya Morais, one of the volunteers, said that 25 campsites were full of lighting displays by individuals, businesses, or even organizations.
“We had a spectacular turnout this year, and the initial count of dollars in donations is approaching close to $6,000” for the town’s Christmas hamper fund, she said.
“That is absolutely amazing. Hay River has really come out in terms of both the community’s support from those that rented the sites and then also the amount of support we’ve heard from the wonderful people coming in to view the lights. It has just been tremendous.”
Morais said that the weekend also offered the chance for people to deliver non-perishable food items for the town’s food bank. Some left gifts for Hay River‘s Secret Santa.
All walkers and drivers received ballots for voting for their preferred light show, and results were being counted on Sunday night. Morais claimed there were almost 2,000 ballots.
“Our team will tally all of the votes over the next couple of days,” she said. “The winner gets, of course, the biggest prize, which is the bragging rights, but they’ll also get a framed professional photo of their site to put up in their home or office to celebrate their win.”
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