Heavy winds delay Clifton Mill lights setup

Clifton Mill says its Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill will be ready for opening night later this month — despite damage from flood waters earlier this month.

The high water, coupled with a forecast of wind gusts of up to 50 mph this weekend, has slowed set up of the annual lights display.

Workers at Clifton Mill still have more lights to string up to be ready for the annual Christmas lights display which will light up Nov. 24, the day after Thanksgiving. But the final lights will be put up after the windy weekend forecast.

“All the lights were tangled and knotted,” said Jessica Noes, general manager, of heavy rains in early November.

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Noes said 25 percent of the lights were damaged or destroyed by the rains.

“Some of the lights are actually white tipped and that’s where the water was rushing so fast it washed the red lacquer off of the lights,” Noes said.

Clifton Mill workers will wait to finish decorations on Santa’s workshop, the stars on the covered bridge, as well as the miniature village.

This is the 30th anniversary for the popular holiday tradition. It will run through Dec. 31.

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