Guernsey County Courthouse Lights Up

by Katie Jeffries on November 12, 2009 at 10:42 am

It may seem early, but one local community is officially ready for the holidays.  The city of Cambridge is starting to spread cheer with a variety of holiday displays.

The Great Expectations Chocolate Walk Thursday night kicked off the Dickens Victorian Village celebration. Organizers say they
wanted to take residents back in time to old work England.

"We work every year, year round and this year in the restoration.  It took us over 2,400 man hours to create the mannequins, there are 74 scenes, there are 180 individual people that are standing on the streets and they are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week," says Dickens Victorian Village co-chair, Jonett Haberfield.

The biggest attraction is the lighting of the Guernsey County Courthouse (click the link above for a bit of the show).  

It takes more than 25,000 lights to bring the courthouse to life. Organizers say there is nothing else like it in the state of Ohio and possibly the entire country. All of the lights were donated by Grant Hafley’s company, AVC Communications. He says it is his gift to the Cambridge community and there is a special surprise in the kid’s show this year.

"One of the cuts is actually music from the 5th grade students here in Cambridge, they will be singing, so that will be something to look forward too," says Grant Hafley.

The Guernsey County Courthouse will perform everyday til January from 5 til 9 pm, with four shows per hour. This is only the second year for the lighting of the courthouse and it has residents stopping in their tracks to watch.

"It has really brought the people out, the whole community is ecstatic about it," says Cambridge resident, Tom Davey.

The Dickens Victorian Village is also a boost to the Cambridge economy. Organizers say they already have 38 tour buses scheduled to visit Cambridge. Which means a boost to local merchants and hotel owners.



Katie Jeffries