Behind-the-scenes look at Stroll on State

Published: Nov. 16, 2019 at 10:55 PM CST
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We're only 13 days away from Stroll on State. Volunteers say they are excited for the holiday season, and for the festivities to begin.

"It's a beautiful thing to be a small part of the transformation that happens downtown,” said volunteer Glasa Gottschalk.

Volunteers are gearing up for one of the biggest events of the year.

"Just seeing the sneak preview of what's down here already is exciting and kind of brings up that child-like joy,” said Gottschalk.

If you've enjoyed Stroll on State in the past. This year is going to be even brighter. Lead volunteer Brad Stallings can't wait to deck the halls in style.

"We are actually in really good shape this year. We have got a few things getting finished up in our back bay here in the warehouse to prepare for the newest addition to Stroll on State, which is Strollville. It will be a whole village created to resemble the North Pole and Elf Village and Santa's workshop.”

Each year the number of people who want to participate increases, and so do the decorations.

"As you look around the workshop today, there are a few familiar faces around and a few new faces around. We just love having everyone down to help us out,” said Stallings.

As the tinsel makes its way to the forest city, the excitement behind this year's event is electric.

"I’m just a Christmas junkie, I love the season. I love the mood that it puts everyone in. You'll see when you come to the festival people from all different backgrounds come together and truly enjoy the season," said Stallings.

If you want to volunteer, there is still time. You can join in on the holiday fun before the big event:

Stroll on State is Saturday after thanksgiving, November 30th. The event starts at 2pm with the parade kickoff and ends at 9pm. Make sure to stop by the WIFR booth and say hi.

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