Derrick lighting set Thursday

KELLY GILLIT
Staff Writer

Christmas is coming early to Kilgore thanks to the 25th Annual Lighting of the Derricks for Christmas in the patch. Each year, the Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation illuminates the 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., DSC Ballroom Kilgore skyline by lighting the stars and derricks for the winter season holidays.

The derrick lighting will have pre-program entertainment starting at 6:15 p.m. and the show will follow at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, on Commerce and North streets in downtown Kilgore.

With performances by the KC Chorale and the Rangerettes kicking off the event, the Kilgore Historical Preservation Foundation will be dedicating the show to Charles Miller.

For 25 years Miller has constructed and maintained every derrick and star in downtown Kilgore.

By his dedication and hard work, Miller ensures that more than 1,500 bulbs will keep shining year after year.

Erected as a tribute to Kilgore’s oil boom days, the derrick-filled skyline now serves as a source of community pride.

After a record-breaking attendance of more than 1,000 people at last year’s lighting, the festivities have been moved to Commerce and North streets to accommodate the growing number of visitors.

For more information about Christmas in the Patch Lighting of the Derricks, contact Deborah Dane, Kilgore city clerk, at 903-988-4127.

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