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JARED FIELDS • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — It features more than 2 million lights and draws 40,000 people to Lakeside Park on Lake Marble Falls, so it’s no wonder The Picayune readers voted Walkway of Lights their Best Community Event for “Locals Love Us.”

“It’s a 20-plus year tradition,” said Marble Falls/Lake LBJ Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Rives. “That not only means it has endeared itself to our local community as part of what we’re about, but the neat thing is to go and see the people who have travelled from other parts of Texas who say this is what we do for every holiday season.”

For 22 years, Walkway of Lights has brought visitors from across Texas, the United States and even the world to Marble Falls to see the display of lights at Lakeside Park.

Children who were brought to the park have grown up and now bring their children as their holiday tradition, Rives said.

“Something like that has such a resonance, not only in our community, but throughout the state,” he said.

Hundreds of volunteers help each year with the holiday undertaking. Last year’s Walkway of Lights expanded to cover more of Lakeside Park and featured a concession trailer that benefited local nonprofit groups.

Rives said a dozen groups were able to raise a total of $16,000 from Walkway of Lights.

“It’s not only a great draw for the community and continues the tradition, but it’s one more thing Marble Falls can be proud of,” Rives said.

jared@thepicayune.com