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Pine Bluff light display back on tonight

PINE BLUFF, Ark. (KTHV) - Pine Bluff's 19th annual "Enchanted Land of Light and Legends" display was shut down this week because of flooding from the Thanksgiving rain.

The city originally thought the drive thru would be shut down until next week, but crews worked hard Thursday to get each display up and running again.

Water from Lake Langhofer rose over 7 feet during Thanksgiving weekend, putting 20 light displays under water.

"The displays are commercial, so they will actually burn under water, but the animation boxes aren't supposed to be submerged," said Greg Gustek, director of the Pine Bluff Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The city caught the damage Sunday, and shutdown the display immediately.

"The damage would have been extensive if we would have gone ahead and turned the lights on, because of the damage to those boxes," said Gustek.

"The river picks up its speed. It actually sucked the harbor down faster than we expected," said Gustek.

Spring flooding destroyed many of their electrical boxes this year. The park feared that they would not be able to open the display at all.

"We have faced all the setbacks you want to face in one year, but we have managed to get it all done," said Gustek.

Crews worked hard over the past three days. "We're walking the whole park by foot, checking every display and making sure it's working correctly," said Gustek.

Now Pine Bluff is lit once again. The 19th year is back on, and tradition shines bright.

"Of course next year is 20th, but we don't know what we're going to do yet. It's always a secret, I'm always up to something," said Gustek.

The display runs every night at Regional Park from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. until Christmas. It's free, but they accept donations at the end of the display.
A new feature this year is a photo booth for visitors to get a picture under the lights.