Holiday Lights and S'mores

This holiday season enjoy toasted marshmallows along with the holiday lights at Largo's Central Park.

More than one million lights illuminate . Added light comes this season from the glow of a campfire on the park's edge. The fire circle built this fall thanks to an Eagle Scout project has become a place to enjoy s'mores, hotdogs and popcorn.

The fire circle took Eagle Scout Kyle Grimes around 33 hours of planning and two days of building with the help of a dozen people. Water was the biggest challenge for Grimes in building the fire circle.

"It poured like crazy. We had to drain the water out of the (fire circle area) and we had to work around wiring and underground sprinklers," Grimes said.

Grimes along with other members of Boy Scout Troop 135 of Clearwater offer marshmallows, hotdogs and popcorn for sale as a fundraiser this holiday season by the fire. In July 2012, 14 Scouts plan to go on a high adventure experience in Alaska. Visitors can rest by the fire circle.

"I get out in the outdoors as much as I can. Roasting marshmallows is good for my kids to learn," said Buddy Conner as he sat by the fire. Conner is from Alaska originally and he wanted to help the scouts be able to visit his home state.

People stroll through the elaborate displays of hot pink flamingos, marching soldiers, reindeers on the roof top and more. The lights are everywhere from the trails to the trees.

The light display takes 13 city employees 24 days to setup. The city pays $24,000 to rent the various light displays. Plus, they spend another $22,000 for the lights the staff strings.  Once the display is up the work continues. Because people sometimes take bulbs with them, the staff spends about eight hours each day replacing lights, said City of Largo Parks Superintendent Greg Brown.


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