Azalea light show a blazing success
Written by Don Iler, Pilot staff writer   
December 31, 2013 09:04 am

Brookings saw its most successful Nature’s Coastal Holiday ever this year with more than 13,000 visitors tallied.

Bryan Tillung, chairman of the event committee, said the light show had more attendees than any year in the past, which he attributed to the dry weather during the month. 

The annual display contained 450,000 lights this year, and because of this year’s success, the committee will order more lights to bring the total to more than half a million for next year’s show. 

More than 70 people volunteered to help set up the lights, including 30 students from Brookings-Harbor High School. 

“We set up more than 80 percent of the lights on the first day,” Tillung said. “A lot of that was because of all the help we receive from the local children from high school.”

Tearing down the lights also went faster than expected, with everything packed up in six hours, as opposed to the two days it normally takes. 

Tillung said visitors came from Klamath Falls, Medford and California to visit the light show, and he said the Chamber of Commerce did an outstanding job advertising Nature’s Coastal Holiday this year.

The committee is already beginning to plan for next year, holding a meeting in January, and  those who would like to fill vacancies on the committee are welcome. 

Tillung said he would like to incorporate a live nativity scene next year into the event, with actors and animals, in addition to purchasing new lights and figurines. 

Nature’s Coastal Holiday, which has occurred every December in Azalea Park since 1997, had financial difficulty earlier in the year, when organizers lacked donations and thought it might run into the red. But because of donations and support that were received after a call for help was issued, Tillung said the event is in the black again.