Bentleyville seasonal attendance down, donations up

By KBJR News 1

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 11:33 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) - The cold weather may have kept attendance down, but Bentleyville organizers say donations this year were up.

The Bentleyville lights went out last Saturday with a firework show capping of the 10th anniversary of the display.

Six days of extreme weather conditions forced the Holiday light display to close, a record for the organization.

The executive director, of Bentleyville says the low attendance numbers didn't put a damper on the generosity of visitors.

"Even though attendance was down by almost 30,000 people, we collected over 1,500 toys this year versus the 1,200 toys we collected last year and we collected over ten thousand pounds of food versus the nine thousand last year, so we were up in both our food and toys, which was great to see," said Nathan Bentley, executive director.

Bentleyville is looking for volunteers to help dismantle the display in the coming weeks as well as ideas for next year's display.

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