Originally Published: September 29, 2013 6 a.m.
It's only October, but Christmas Light Decorators (CLD) have begun the annual job of stringing LED Christmas lights in the trees on the courthouse plaza in preparation for this year's Christmas lighting. The lights won't actually be lit until Saturday, Dec. 7, but CLD work crews are taking advantage of weather conditions at this time of year to put up the bulk of the lights and will then complete the work in mid-November.
This year marks the ninth consecutive year that the Prescott Chamber of Commerce has joined forces with Prescott Downtown Partnership to raise funds for the annual lighting and the eighth year that Christmas Light Decorators have handled the majority of the lighting needs. A & B Sign Company also participates each year by placing the courthouse decorations on the building.
Major funding for the courthouse lights comes from the City of Prescott bed tax revenues, and is more than matched by the private sector each year with donations from $10 to $5,000. Just a few years ago, a total of 35 trees were wrapped with lights. Today, one hundred trees have lights, including the Statehood Tree in the northeast corner of the plaza. The lights are lit each evening at 5:00 pm and remain on until midnight. And, the lights are illuminated for six weeks, having their final lighting take place during Martin Luther King Day weekend.
Donations are always welcomed and should be sent to the Prescott Chamber Foundation, 117 W. Goodwin St., Prescott, AZ 86303. Donations to the foundation are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. The Jersey Lilly Saloon will also be continuing its annual fundraising for the Courthouse lighting program starting Nov. 7.
Thanks to the following companies that have already made contributions toward this year's Courthouse lighting program: APS, Life Line Ambulance, The Daily Courier, Fork in the Road Restaurants, National Bank, Prescott True Value, Bashford Courts, Kieckhefer Fund, Prescott Charitable Fund, Musgrove, Drutz & Kack, Prescott Kiwanis Club, Prescott Brewing Co., Prescott Gateway Mall, Las Fuentes Resort, Clark/James Inc., Pierce Property Management, Lamb Chevrolet - Cadillac, Massage Envy, San Marin Travel, Mt. Artists Guild and Yavapai Title Co.
The chamber is also involved with the management of the third annual New Year's Eve Boot Drop from the flagpole high atop the Palace building on Whiskey Row. Sponsorships are also needed for this event which features music and dancing beginning at 8 p.m., an 'East Coast" boot drop at 10 p.m., followed at midnight by the official boot drop and fireworks. Welcome in 2014 by attending the Boot Drop - one of Prescott's newer "traditions." Sponsorship information is available to calling Tracey Horn at Helken and Horn, 776-0234.