An event benefitting the Channel 3 Kids Camp, the Holiday Light Fantasia was delayed further this week after trailers holding equipment were broken into and supplies stolen. According to WFSB, the trailers in Goodwin park in Hartford had chainsaws, a welder, copper wire, and additional equipment usurped on the night of October 13. The amount of supplies taken has been estimated to be $5,000 to $10,000. The police, currently, are investigating the theft. If you have any information regarding the incident, please contact the Hartford Police at 860-757-4000 or call their tip line at 860-722-TIPS.
This incident follows damage resulting from Hurricane Sandy to the displays. With the supplies taken, contractors were preparing to finish the displays in time for the show. However, the Holiday Light Fantasia, according to a recent Facebook update from the Channel 3 Kids Camp, is still on. The event has been pushed back to November 24, as the damage is currently being repaired, and runs until January 6.
Presented by Trantolo & Trantolo, the Holiday Light Fantasia is a two-mile show with over 1 million lights in the form of holiday scenes and familiar characters. Over the years, the event has turned into a Hartford tradition and a seasonal destination, attracting 90,000 visitors last year. Regarding the recent incident, Channel 3 Kids Camp wrote to Trantolo & Trantolo, through Facebook, saying:
“[T]hanks you for your concern and support regarding the recent break-in of our supply trucks. Our friends at Trantolo & Trantolo have been by our side not only through this incident, but also during the entire construction of Holiday Light Fantasia…we can’t thank you enough! Important items and equipment may have been stolen, but our holiday spirit will return with the launch of this city-wide celebration next week. See you at Holiday Light Fantasia – opening bigger and brighter on Saturday, November 24!”