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Attendance is down at Storybook Island's Christmas Nights of Lights

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While Christmas itself may be over, the festive lights are still up. The Christmas Nights of Lights display at Storybook Island in Rapid City is a fundraiser for the park. This year attendance is down.     

The lights are bright at Storybook Island, and people are in awe. But this year not as many visitors are coming to experience the lights compared to past years.  

"The numbers of people coming in to see our gorgeous array of lights has been down considerably because of the cold weather," said Connie LeZotte, Executive Director of Storybook Island.

The initial goal was to have 26,000 people come through. Right now they are at about 16,000.

"So we're really hoping that everyone comes and brings a friend of two or three and sees the lights these last six nights that we're opened," said LeZotte.

The admission is $2 and the proceeds help keep the park admission free during the summer months.  

"This is the largest fundraiser that we have for Storybook Island," said LeZotte.

From the train to various light displays, visitors have their favorites.  

"Probably the pumpkin because it looks cool," said Abigail Piekkola, 10.

Some people who used to visit when they were a child now choose to volunteer here.  

"I grew up here so, it's really fun to see it in a different way at night, all lit up. And it's really pretty. And it's great for all ages. I still enjoy it and I enjoyed it when I was little," said Naomi Buszko, a Stevens High School student and volunteer at Storybook Island.

There are more than 10 miles of lights at the park. It took a lot of work for volunteers and staff and they it's worth it.  

"It a memorizing beautiful experience," said LeZotte.

The Christmas Nights of Lights is open 5:30 to 8:30 pm until December 31st.

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