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Light Up Middletown Ready For Year 6
Friday, November 19, 2004 10:19:29 AM - Monroe Ohio

Light Up Middletown

Florella Randall, Chairperson  

4931 Riverview Avenue         

Middletown, OH 45042-4012  

Phone: 513-423-1877                            

Fax: 513-424-2038


Committee members:

Larry Biltz, Vice chairman

George Brecht, Treasurer

Ann Mort, Secretary/Communications

Barney Strassburger, Site Manager

Perry Thatcher, Business Advisor

John Ridge, Business Advisor

Earl Smith, Community Advisor







For more information call: Ann Mort at (513) 424-2038/email  or Florella Randall at (513) 423-1877.






When chairwoman Flo Randall flips the switch to Light Up Middletown on Friday, November 26 at 5:30 pm, it will begin the sixth year for the popular drive-through fantasy light display in Middletown’s downtown Smith Park. Each year the display is larger and more spectacular than the year before.


Besides the forty-foot, 10,000 bulb tunnel of lights, deer leaping over the roadway, giant lighted swans floating in the reflecting pond and thousands of sparkling lights in many themed display areas, there will be four major new displays this year.


At the entrance, guests will pass under a huge poinsettia swag, a wooden soldier will help direct traffic, giant butterflies will flutter their wings overhead and a hot air balloon piloted by a huge teddy bear will toss out stars—all in lights.


The display will be open in all types of weather, including holidays, from November 26 through December 31 – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Guests are asked to make a cash donation at the entrance tunnel to help defray the costs of maintaining and expanding the light display and to help improve Smith Park.


Volunteer organizations help staff the entrance booth and gather information about where guests are from. This year’s volunteers include Monroe Booster Club, Garfield High School, Middletown High School Musical Arts, Middletown Journal’s Newspaper in Education, Girl Scout Troop #3653 and MHS Soccer Boosters.  A volunteer group of retired men, the “Grandpa Gang,” erect the displays, and maintain them throughout the month-long event, arriving each evening to turn the displays on and off.


According to chairwoman Randall, “In 2003, 47,000 people visited Light Up Middletown in 14,000 vehicles including 32 buses. Each year we see many motor coach tours who come to Middletown to visit area attractions, eat at a local restaurant, take in the Rising Phoenix “Taking Christmas to the Troops” production and then swing through Light Up before they leave. We also see many area retirement village buses and school buses carrying sports teams to and from their games.”


Directions to Smith Park at 500 Tytus Avenue in downtown Middletown:

I-75, exit 32. Follow State Route 122 to downtown Middletown. Smith Park is located on Tytus Avenue, just off Verity Parkway (SR4). The park is adjacent to Middletown’s Hook Field Airport


Light Up Middletown has encouraged guests at the drive-through light display to also take in other area holiday attractions:


11/26 Community Christmas Tree Lighting

(513) 705-4000          


11/30 Middletown Journal Christmas Balloon Glow.

Middletown Journal/Smith Park

(513) 422-3611


12/2 Chamber Business After Hours Open House

Flowers by Roger

(513) 422-4551


12/4-5 PRO-Gun Show

Middletown Exhibit Center

(614) 523-7767


12/5 Candlelight Tour of Victorian Homes

South Main Street

(513) 424-5460


12/5 Messiah Concert

(513) 422-2853


12/5 Blue Christmas Concert

Manchester Inn



12/10-12 and 17-19  Taking Christmas to the Troops

Rising Phoenix Theatre Company

(513) 705-4131


12/18  Holiday With the Mob

Mystery Dinner Theatre

Manchester Inn

(513) 423-2877


Fri-Sat-Sun  11/20-1/2

Middletown Christmas Village

(513) 423-9960

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