By Nancy Vigran Reporter for the Sun-Gazette
THREE RIVERS – Three Rivers is restarting an old holiday tradition by lighting up the North Fork Bridge. The community submitted the proposal to the county in October, and received its approval not only for this year’s event, but to continue on, indefinitely, for years to come.
It was an easy decision, said Tulare County Supervisor Kuyler Crocker. “It uses minimal staff time while beautifying and helping out one of our communities.”
While managed and directed by the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce, the county is responsible for the roadway right-of-way. The County’s Resource Management Agency staff will need to install the lights along the bridge and set it up for power prior to the first lighting on Friday, Nov. 16.
Viewers may gather in the Family Healthcare Network parking lot prior to the 5:30 p.m. on the 16th for the official start of the holiday season, and then attend an area-wide business mixer. The bridge will be lit every night through Jan. 3.
“This had been done in the past, more than 20 years ago,” said Sheila Stone, treasurer and interim president of the Three Rivers Chamber of Commerce. “Someone remembered it and wanted the tradition to be brought back again.
“We don’t have any street lights to decorate, and wanted a way to find a way to make the area feel more like the season.”
Businesses involved in the mixer include Anne Lang’s Emporium, the Ol’ Buckaroo, and the Three Rivers Brewing Company.
The day following the bridge lighting, the Three Rivers Art Alliance will hold its annual Holiday Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Three Rivers Memorial Building. This annual indoor and outdoor bazaar features the works of many local artisans.