Is There An Expansion In The Future For Painting With Lights?

Oskaloosa, Iowa – You can see the lift working its way around the Oskaloosa Square, as individuals from DB Landscaping work to install nearly 100,000 lights.

The lights have turned downtown Oskaloosa into a beacon during the holiday season, and Dan Brice has been a part of that since Oskaloosa first lit up the night sky back in 2016.

Brice was one of those individuals responsible for bringing the light display to town when he and a friend pitched the idea to Oskaloosa Main Street, which is now approximately six years ago.

As the lift goes up and down, workers attach the lights to steel cables. Those cables go through eyelets that were installed every 15 feet down the sides of the buildings. That strength allows the lights to be placed vertically in rows that are just six inches from each other.

This past week, Brice and crew had to deal with some strong winds that slowed progress. “Now, things are moving along nicely.”

The hope of the project has always been to expand beyond the square. Places like Mahaska Drug have embraced the lights during the holiday season.

If things go right, we may see an expansion on the square in Oskaloosa this year.

One thing is for sure, the job of hanging the lights is wet and cold, especially when it’s snowing. Brice says that the process of attaching and removing the lights is getting better refined, making things easier.

According to Main Street Director Emily Brown, the lights in downtown Oskaloosa will come on for the first time this year on November 25th.

Our interview with Brice in 2016

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