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Downtown Christmas display put away

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Rotarians Lockie Bracken, left, and Bruce Wilson take down Christmas decorations at Kerry Park in downtown Kelowna on Thursday.
The sound of metal fencing being taken apart drowned out Christmas carols at Kerry Park on Thursday.
Volunteers with the Rotary Club were busy disassembling a festive display that was set up in early December.
Snowmen, Santas and soldiers from The Nutcracker were among the many hundreds of decorations being packed up for another year.
"Everything went really well, and we had a lot of positive comments from people about the display being here," said Lockie Bracken of the Capri Rotary Club.
People who admired the display, which also included a ferris wheel and waterfall, donated about $2,000 to support various Rotary Club initiatives, Bracken said.
"This was a bit of a learning experience for us, but I definitely think we'll be back here again next year with the display," he said.
The elaborate decorations were formerly owned by Jerry Budnick of West Kelowna, who for many years set them up on the front lawn of his Bridgeview Road home.
Budnick donated all the decorations to Rotary. It seemed in November the decorations would not be put on display, in part because of concerns about some of their aging wiring. But those issues were addressed, and the City of Kelowna provided $15,000 to cover electrical costs, fencing and security.

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