The Wayne County Fair Board made the decision to host a Holiday Tour of Lights during the past 2019 holiday season. For two weekends in December, guests could drive through the Wayne County Fair Grounds to view Christmas lights and decorations put up all over the grounds by area businesses and residents.
There was no fee to enter, however guests could offer a free-will donation at the gate. The fair board wanted any donations received to be given to the three food pantries in Wayne County.
During the Wayne County Fair Board meeting held on Jan. 9, representatives from the Corydon and Seymour food pantries were present to accept their $1,000 donation checks each from this successful event. A third check will also be given to the Humeston food pantry, however they were unavailable for the meeting presentation.
“We had a few hiccups a long the way during our first year with heavy rains and high winds, however it was still an overall success,” said Lance Lange. “This will be an annual event and we learned a few things to do differently next year and hope to have more participants to continue growing. This is a great opportunity to have fun and be able to give back to the community.”
“With the food pantries having the ability to purchase from the Iowa Food Bank, one dollar can go a long ways,” said Seymour representative Lisa Banks-Carter.
It was noted the pantries cannot purchase tolietries including paper towels, toliet paper and other goods from the Iowa Food Bank and those donations are always welcomed and appreciated.