It Takes Skills to Enchant

Post date: Dec 9, 2019 3:32:45 PM

By: Abby Walter, Staff Writer

Posted December 9th, 2019

“Enchantment in the Park is Washington County's most exciting light display during the holiday season!” When asked about the annual holiday light show held at Regner Park in West Bend, Slinger High School’s SkillsUSA advisor, Mr. Hug, couldn’t hold back his excitement towards Washington County’s own winter wonderland.

Set up and supported by local volunteer groups, including Rotary chapters, Enchantment in the Park has welcomed many groups from the Slinger School District throughout the years, including auditioned bands and choirs from both the middle and high schools. These ensembles have spread Christmas cheer from their cozy spot in the Hot Chocolate Hut, but they’re not the only Slinger students spreading Christmas cheer in the park.

SkillsUSA has been closely tied to Enchantment in the Park since the beginning of the school year, starting set-up as early as October. Their most notable contribution is all of the hours the members put in behind the scenes, summed up by Mr. Hug’s quote, “SHS's SkillsUSA group has been setting up lights for many years and are responsible for the two ‘Mega Trees’ located on the west side of the grounds.” These trees are some of the focal points of the light show, especially because they change color right in front of visitors’ eyes.

The event will be open to the public through December 24, and all the while, SkillsUSA members will be collecting food items for local food pantries and directing cars through the show. Mr. Hug summarized this aspect of SkillsUSA’s contribution by saying, “We have used our technical skills to help collect donations that directly impact our local food pantries. It is really exciting to see SHS and other community groups come together for such an amazing event.”

Considering all of the hard work contributed by SkillsUSA and other volunteers, Enchantment in the Park is a must see if you’re home for the holidays. Make sure to look for the “Mega Trees!”