United Power crews ‘Brighton’ the holidays

United Power linemen Ty Derby (in the bucket) and Wayne Schraeder string lights for the city of Brighton’s Festival of Lights slated for Dec. 8.

Tri-State member co-op United Power (Brighton, Colo.) sent a line crew out to the city of Brighton’s historic, 100-year-old City Hall building this week to decorate the adjacent 60-foot tall blue spruce tree with strings of lights that will serve as the center gathering point for the upcoming annual Brighton Festival of Lights Parade and tree lighting event that attracts more than 20,000 people to this northern Colorado community.

“United Power has been a sponsor and has provided the lights and decorating of the tree since the Festival of Lights event began 17 years ago,” said Laurel Eller, communications specialist for the electric co-op. “We even throw the switch for the annual tree lighting,” she added.

This year’s festival kicks off at 11 a.m. on Dec. 8 with downtown Brighton businesses opening their doors for holiday open houses. Winter Festival activities begin at 2 p.m. with visits by Santa, hayrides, a petting zoo and live entertainment.

The tree lighting ceremony starts at 4:30 p.m., followed by a nighttime light parade featuring more than 75 fully lighted entries as well as parading participation from local organizations, families and businesses –including United Power.

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