Big Bentleyville Tree Now Standing Tall in Bayfront Park

Volunteers are busy getting the Bentleyville Tour of Lights ready for the season

DULUTH, Minn. – People might notice something a little different now in Bayfront Park – The Bentleyville tree is officially up. Volunteer crews are still busy setting up the Bentleyville Tour of Lights. Crews are out there stringing up lights and setting up the big displays.

The 128 foot tree just went up on Saturday, and on Sunday, workers from the United Steelworkers were high up there making some final adjustments.

“Rusty and Dennis are up there starting to put the lights around the seems of the tree at the 60 foot and the 80 foot marks,” Bentleyville founder Nathan Bentley said. “Then they’ll start connecting some cords and getting it lit up.”

Bentleyville is built, organized and staffed by volunteers. They are always looking for more people to come help out.

“It really doesn’t get up unless the volunteers come out and the community comes out and embraces the project. It’s pretty hard for 30 people to do the work of 300. It’s really important,” Bentley said.

Volunteers can sign up at Bayfront Festival Park. They are looking for people on Saturdays and Sundays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Wednesday nights from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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