‘Light up the Millpond’ now open on weekends

Published 5:11 pm Thursday, November 30, 2023

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GATESVILLE – Merchants Millpond State Park will be hosting Light up the Millpond, a drive-through light display coordinated by Gates County Community Events.

Each display is created by members of the community. Civic groups, families, churches, schools, and local businesses participate in the decorations.

The event is held between the hours of 5-8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 24 through Saturday, Dec. 23. An additional night of viewing will be Thursday, Dec. 21.

This is a drive through event. The holiday displays line the road leading into the Merchants Millpond Visitors Center. There is no admission. Donations to Friends of Merchants Millpond are accepted but not expected.

Below are a list of the groups that have donated their time and resources to the event:

Sugar Shack at The Mingle

Gatesville Masonic Lodge

The Way Church

Barefoot University Gatesville – Emily Truman & Family

M & M Paws Palace

Batter Up

Hall Ruitan

Gates County ROTC

Cline Family

Farm Bureau Gates County

Gates County Kindness Club

Warwick Baptist Church

Gates County Community Center

Sunbury Volunteer Fire Department Station 40

Eure Volunteer Fire Department Station 50

Gates Volunteer Fire Department Station 30

Gates County EMS Station 10

Barbara Toti & Family

Gates County Chamber of Commerce

Studio 32

Art By Tammy Lassiter

SECU – Gatesville

Sunbury Ruritans

Miller Farms

Santa (Colby Eure)

Friends of Merchants Millpond

Volunteers with Gates County Community Events coordinated all the holiday displays. They also noted that the staff at Merchants Millpond State Park has decorated the area at the Visitors Center.

About Cal Bryant

Cal Bryant, a 40-year veteran of the newspaper industry, serves as the Editor at Roanoke-Chowan Publications, publishers of the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, Gates County Index, and Front Porch Living magazine.

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