DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Strong winds caused concern at Carillon Park Saturday where officials are assembling the state’s tallest Tree of light. It’s not lit yet, but the festivities surrounding it kicked off tonight.
Crews have already put together half of the tree and so far it’s standing strong. That’s unlike last year when wind damage caused them to take it down early. After that happened, engineers went back to the drawing board and made adjustments so the same thing won’t happen this year.
It’s one of the Miami Valley’s newest Christmas traditions. Now in its second year, Carillon Park President Brady Kress says the Tree of Light is stronger than ever.
“There wasn’t enough time last year to take it down,” Kress said. “Put it back up so in the last 11 months we have re-engineered it.”
In this drone video from our friends at Moody Views, you can see the bell tower’s new staff–which connects to all the wires at the top of tree. Last year, strong storms damaged the central staff–causing officials to tear the tree down early.
“It did not do well in 80 mile per hour wind at 200 feet up,” Kress said. “So if there was a test today was it.”
With no damaged caused today, Kress is confident the tree will make it through New Year’s Day.
“It’s much strong this year,” Kress said. “There’s actually actually five different components to it as a opposed to a single column.”
A crew of engineers and several volunteers will finish assembling the tree over the next few days. For Kress, the Tree of Light is something he’s wanted to do for over decade.
“We always knew it would look neat as I had those sketches of it,” Kress said. “Not until it was light and up did we realize how cool it was and how well it was going to be received by the rest of the community.”
The officially lighting ceremony is set for November 30th.