After an anticipated ceremony Saturday night, Conway’s 54-foot Christmas tree was lit for the holiday season — kind of.
As soon as the lever was pulled at 6 p.m., the crowd seemed excited and then baffled as some sections of lights on the tree were going dark and lighting up again.
Monday morning, the tree was still sporting an unintentional striped look, but Kim Williams, executive director of the Conway Downtown Partnership, said the issue was going to be addressed Tuesday morning.
"They had some overloaded circuits," she said.
Like many Christmas lights, it will take some adjusting, "just like you do when you’re at home," she added.
The team from Get Lit, LLC was supposed to arrive Monday but the inclement weather would have prevented them from being able to safely climb the tree to address the problems.
A call to Get Lit’s CEO was not returned by press time.
Despite the malfunction and the sense of confusion surrounding the tree’s lights, Williams said it has already drawn people to downtown Conway.
"I think it’s been well received even though it hasn’t been fully lit," she said. "We know it’s doing what it’s supposed to do."
Williams said she saw people out at the tree Sunday to get their pictures taken even though it was cold outside.
Workers are scheduled to be out at the tree to fix the problem at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
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