While the event is free, donations are accepted. Organizers said they collected about $78,000, or 13 percent higher than last year.
Two new displays — one with characters from “The Wizard of Oz” and another of dancing bears — were added this year with proceeds from previous years. Randall also said LUM planted 19 trees that were purchased with proceeds from last year’s event.
The light displays were erected and stored by a group of community volunteers called the "Grandpa Gang" and they were assisted by 50 AK Steel workers who volunteers their time. They were joined by more than 100 other volunteers who greeted visitors, counted cars and took Santa pictures.
Light Up Middletown will return this year from Nov. 23 through Dec. 31.