BLUFFTON — It’s a holiday tradition. The annual Bluffton Blaze of Lights is Saturday.
The event is now in its 32nd year.
“It’s a festival that has grown up around a folk art display that is in the Bluffton Presbyterian Church yard. The village owns the display and puts it up with the help of volunteers. So much of this festival and display depends on volunteers,” said Paula Scott, CEO of the Bluffton Area Chamber of Commerce.
The whole event has grown throughout the years.
“We have developed this festival with a parade, with live music, and with a lighting ceremony where we turn on the lights,” she said.
The festival had a simple beginning.
“The Blaze of Lights harkens back to when Bluffton just got electricity, and the Ream display was actually like the first use of electricity in a rural setting on a farm. They put up these cutouts, and they put lights on them,” she said.
The Blaze of Lights is a great way to kick off the holiday season.
“Oh, it absolutely is. I talked to one woman who’s bringing her church group from Columbus because she grew up here and, for her, the Blaze is Christmas, and she’s sharing that with all of her friends,” Scott said.
Word about the Bluffton Blaze of Lights has spread all around the state.
“New this year, we have worked with the State of Ohio, Tourism Ohio, and we’ll be on a map of that state. We’re one of 30 locations that they highlight as great places to come see Christmas lights,” she said.
The lights will remain on throughout the holiday season.
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