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Lighting up the holidays

Anyone traveling on Interstate 90 from now through Christmas will have great difficulty missing Worthington. That's because property around the Prairie Holdings building, located just off the U.S. 59 exit, is glittering with holiday lights. Prair...

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Anyone traveling on Interstate 90 from now through Christmas will have great difficulty missing Worthington.

That's because property around the Prairie Holdings building, located just off the U.S. 59 exit, is glittering with holiday lights. Prairie Dazzle, a drive-through Christmas display, was lit for the first time Thanksgiving night and will be open to guests through Jan. 1.

There is plenty to like about Prairie Holdings' first-ever holiday lights display, starting with (naturally) the lights themselves. Prairie Holdings executive Marc Freese estimates the display to be comprised of between 18,000 and 20,000 lights. Included are a traditional Nativity scene, angels perched upon the company's old-time windmill, Santa and his reindeer and a carousel. It's a display that should be pleasing to people all of ages and an outstanding complement to the annual Festival of Lights display in Olson Park that benefits Worthington Dollars for Scholars.

Charitable benefits, it should be noted, are another commendable aspect of the Prairie Dazzle display. An entrance fee of $5 per car and $2 per person a tour bus nets proceeds that go completely to charity, with this year's recipients designated as Dolly Parton's Imagination Library, the Make-a-Wish Foundation for leukemia patients and the aforementioned Worthington Dollars for Scholars. Prairie Holdings employees have also volunteered to staff the display's entrance nightly.

With the holidays just around the corner, it's gratifying to see a business leader in the community taking a primary role in helping get area residents and visitors in the Christmas spirit.

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