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Laurel downtown lighting to be finished in time for Loblolly Fest

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LAUREL, MS (WDAM) -

A months-long project to add decorative lighting to downtown Laurel is nearing completion, and project directors said it should be finished in time for the annual Loblolly Festival on Oct. 1.

Laurel Main Street Executive Director Judi Holifield said the project is more than halfway finished, but she said a few hundred more lights need to be added before its complete.

The lights are strung in a criss-cross pattern along several blocks of Central, Magnolia and Oak streets.

They are patterned after a design that was seen in downtown Laurel in the 1930s.

The first phase of the project involved the lighting of the 500 block of Central Ave. Those lights were switched on in July.

"You've got to get the easements for the buildings and we wanted to make sure we had the right light bulbs and it's the right height so the trucks can come through and all that," said Holifield. "But then, once we got the formula down, it's gone very, very quickly."

The total cost of the project is about $25,000.

Local businesses donated half of the funds.

The rest came from the "Touch a Truck" event that was held last April. 

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