Holiday light show to come to Perham this year

The Perham Boy Scout troop presented a plan to host a light show -- from late November through Christmas at the Pioneer Grounds -- to the City Council on Monday.

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The Boy Scouts of America presented plans to put on a holiday light show at the Pioneer Grounds this holiday season.
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PERHAM — The Pioneer Grounds will look a little different right after Thanksgiving this year. At the Perham City Council meeting on July 11, Barb Felt with the Boy Scouts of America presented a holiday light-show plan to the council: Mike and Tammy Schmidt will be hosting their light show on the Pioneer Grounds in collaboration with the Scouts starting Nov. 26.

The light show — which will be a walk-through event with drive-through options for people with disabilities — will run every Wednesday through Sunday from 5:30-9 p.m. until Dec. 23. The show will be closed Dec. 24, but it will reopen for one final evening on Christmas, Dec. 25.

Free-will donations given by those who attend the light show will go toward the scouts and back directly into the community, Felt said. The scouts also hope to collaborate with area businesses when hosting the show and believe that the event will bring more money into town on the off season.

While many of the specifics for the show are still up in the air, the event itself is guaranteed, Felt said. She thanked Mike Schmidt for all his hard work on the Scouts' behalf. According to her, he puts in a lot of time and money out of the goodness of his heart.

At the meeting, councilors also discussed:


  • The final funding paperwork for the 2022-23 street improvement plan has been sent in, and the city is waiting to get some loan information back. Soon, they'll discuss the contractor's schedule before updating property owners on the plan. More updates are to come.
  • The Committee of the Whole meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, July 27 at 5:15 p.m., and the next regular City Council meeting is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 8 at 5:15 p.m.
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