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Rotary pleased with inaugural display

It didn't come without its challenges but, officials with the Capri Rotary Club are pleased with their first attempt at lighting up downtown Kelowna.

The club took possession of Jerry Budnick's massive West Kelowna display last year and, after some electrical hiccups, were able to get the display up in time for the holiday season.

As members assembled in Kerry Park Thursday to begin the task of taking the display down, Capri Rotary Club official Lockie Bracken, says he was satisfied with the first year.

"We had a bit of trouble with the rain storm but other than that, things went well," says Bracken.

Rain affected the electrical system briefly knocking out power to the display.

The large display was erected on the east side of Kerry Park bordering Bernard Avenue and Mill Street.

Bracken says he's not sure where they will set up next year but believes if they remain in Kerry Park there is much more room that could be utilized.

He says the stage could be utilized for performances over the holiday season and the west side of the park closest to the boardwalk could also be used as the display expands.

People viewing the display donated about $2,000.

After expenses, Bracken says he thinks there will be money left over to donate to Inn From the Cold and Arion Therapeutic Farm.

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