In addition to the core group of retirees, the event gets assistance from other local organizations and companies, such as AK Steel. Crews from the city of Middletown were helping Tuesday checking overhead lights at the entrance of Smith Park. The back gate at Smith Park has been closed and locked in preparation for the event.
“This is one of the most popular things in Middletown,” said Barney Strassburger, a volunteer who has been with Light Up Middletown since the event started with eight light displays. “We try to add new displays every year.”
Becker said more than 50,000 incandescent bulbs have been changed to LED bulbs over the past three to four years.
However, neither Becker or Strassburger knew the precise number of lights of the event. Strassburger said the tunnels have 10,000 bulbs and each of the 54 snowflakes have 100 bulbs each.
Don Owens, a retired Middletown police lieutenant and a Grandpa Gang member, said “there are a lot good things in Middletown. It’s a very positive thing in Middletown.”