Sun, Aug. 18

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Old Town Cottonwood

COTTONWOOD - A public-private partnership will allow Cottonwood to place a new Christmas tree in front of the Civic Center and set the stage for annual Old Town Cottonwood light show.

A car struck the pine Christmas tree in front of the building last year that had been decorated for years as Cottonwood's Christmas tree. The tree was shattered and had to be removed.

Now Yavapai Broadcasting has offered to provide the labor to erect a Mega-tree that would stand 25-feet tall and have a flashing LED-light display. Music could be added in future years.

Dave Kessel, manager of the company, showed the council of his home light display, which uses over 300 light circuits.

The radio broadcaster also decorated the historic Guernsey County, Ohio, courthouse, where Yavapai Broadcasting has sister radio stations.

Both displays are choreographed to music and have become tourist attractions.

The Ohio display has become so popular that bus trips are organized from miles around.

Kessel says Cottonwood's proposed display could also bring tourism to Old Town.

City Manager Doug Bartosh says the Old Town Association is already interested and would raise funds to expand the light display in coming years.

The City will initially budget $10,000 for the light show.