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Volunteers set up lights and signs for annual Rotary Lights

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LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – Volunteers help transform Riverside Park for the 25th annual Rotary Lights holiday celebration.

Volunteers like Amy Pronschinski are one of many volunteers helping hang 3 million lights around fixtures and trees.

“This is a great team-building event for us because it gets us all together outside of work to enjoy each other’s company,” Pronschinski said. “I’m going to leave happier than when I came here because it feels good to help other people.”

Pronschinski volunteered with her Gundersen Ultrasound Department co-workers.

Rotary Lights president Pat Stephens said the event gets bigger every year.

“When a group of us got it started 25 years ago, we never thought that it would’ve grown to what it is today,” Stephens said, “They keep coming back I think because they believe in the cause and the mission and kind of enjoy the work too.”

According to the Rotary Lights website, 160,000 people visit the holiday lights festival.

The free event is on November 29 and encourages people to bring non-perishable food donations for local food pantries.

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Marcus Aarsvold

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