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The Clermont Kiwanis Club has been hard at work assembling light displays for the annual Light Up Clermont ceremonies. The steel, PVC and electric light displays will circle Center Lake between 8th Street and West Avenue.

The lights have become part of the annual Light Up Clermont tradition. For years a stage was positioned at the head of the lake where the master switch was used to turn on the city and Kiwanis lights downtown. Over time, the growing crowds and limited access caused the city to move the ceremony to City Hall Park on Montrose.

At 6:30, December 2 Mayor Gail Ash and a young resident chosen from the crowd will throw the switch starting this year's ceremonies.

The Kiwanis lights have been a tradition for over 20 years. Work began last summer as thousands of the displays lights were tested and repaired to be ready for the holiday festivities.


Kiwanis Lights
Janet Hoskinson, Frank Beals and Mel Kyle assemble the displays along the shore of Center Lake, while other Kiwanians anchor another unit. (Photo by Michael Corradino)
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Gene Thomas (left) and Del Brandt assemble and test lights last summer in preparation for this week's Light Up Clermont ceremonies. When completed the displays will circle Center Lake. (Photo by Michael Corradino)
Clermont Kiwanis begin the assembly process for
lights circling Center Lake in Historic Downtown
Kiwanis Lights
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