The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Ashford

November 4, 2013

Symphony of Lights display installed

CLINTON - Despite earlier concerns, the 13th annual Symphony of Lights festival will unfold as planned thanks in part to the Ashford University baseball team.

Members of the baseball team joined the Clinton Jaycees on Saturday to assist with the setup of more than 40 lighted holiday displays and more than 500,000 supporting lights. For the past two years the Ashford baseball team has volunteered for the setup but the Jaycees has had difficulty getting other volunteers involved.

According to Jaycees chairman Ryan Steines, the baseball team has represented around 75 percent of the light display set-up team, a percent that is integral to the event’s success.

“We’re so grateful to have the Ashford University baseball team helping us out,” Steines said. “Without their efforts, I’m not sure that we could get this done.”

Concerns about volunteer numbers have haunted the Symphony of Lights board for several years as those numbers continue to decline and Saturday looked to be confirmation of those concerns.

With two set-up weekends remaining before opening night of the festival on Nov. 27, Steines and the rest of the Symphony of Lights board are hoping to gain momentum on the final push of the set-up season.

“We’re fortunate to be able to still have the festival but it hasn’t been easy,” Steines said. “Hopefully we can raise the volunteer numbers in the future or I don’t know how this will continue.”

Volunteers are still welcomed to join the setup and tear down when the festival commences Nov. 27. For more information on volunteering visit Symphonyoflights.org.

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