Downtown Augusta Inc. and the Augusta Community Foundation say they have reached their $10,000 goal to light up the town for the holidays.
The two organizations partnered on the project after residents who said there was no holiday spirit left in Augusta. The decorations were in disrepair and no longer usable, and the lights in the park had gone dark due to lack of volunteers.
Now, the $10,000 will go to purchase solar powered lights for each of the 29 trees downtown, and a more spectacular display at the 3rd street round-a-bout. Each tree costs about $100 to light and several individuals and businesses came forward to sponsor trees.
The lighting will be ordered in October and installed in November, in time to have a lighting ceremony on Small Business Saturday, Nov. 29.
Christmas is months away, but the holiday excitement is already building in Augusta. The town wants to bring the holiday spirit back to its downtown area.
There was a display in the park, but that went away years ago. Now, Downtown Augusta, Inc. is raising money to put up solar-powered Christmas lights on nearly 30 trees on State Street in downtown. It's also planning a bigger display at the round-about on Third Street.
Cindy Hicks, the Director of Downtown Augusta, Inc., says she wants to give the community that special Christmas feeling for the holidays.
"I don't think there's a single person who hasn't driven through a small town at Christmas time an seen a Norman Rockwell-esque scene with Christmas lights on the poles."
"Christmas lights on the buildings and wreaths and garland and give it the holiday feel and holiday spirit and we want that here in downtown Augusta."
Hicks says the group has raised half of the $10,000 needed.
She hopes to raise the rest by the end of September to have the lights ready for "Small Business Saturday" on November 29th.