Rogers Plaza became one step closer to completion Tuesday morning with the installation of the fountain centerpiece.

Nabholz Construction turned the 7,000-pound cement fountain upright, and used a crane to lift the fountain over the construction fence.

Then, construction crews drilled four holes in the bottom bowl and lifted the fountain as construction crew members lined up each of the steel support pegs.

The fountain was then leveled and given more support at the base.

"There won’t be any water in it until after Christmas," said Justin Bennett, Rogers Plaza project manager and Corco Construction partner.

Conway’s 54-foot artificial Christmas tree will be constructed on top of the fountain. Construction crews have already installed attachments in the concrete around the fountain to anchor the tree.

"If we put water in it we’d have to drain it all back out a few days later," Bennett said.

A crew from the tree’s manufacturer, Get Lit, LLC, is excepted to arrive Monday to start assembling the tree made of a hollow cone, artificial tree limbs, ornaments and more than 19,000 lights.

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