What started a few years ago as an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Redwood Falls has grown into its own community event....

What started a few years ago as an event to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the City of Redwood Falls has grown into its own community event. Known as NightFalls, the celebration is being held at the falls in Ramsey Park this Friday and Saturday.

According to organizers, this year’s event is going to include a few new activities to go along with lighting the falls.

According to Tina Giernet and Laura Kohler, who are helping coordinate the event, NightFalls 2016 is a bit different for those who plan to attend.

The road through the park will be closed both nights starting at 6 p.m. Barricades are going to be set up on the west end of the park, with barricades also on the east side of the park just past the swayback bridge. The closure, explained Giernet, is intended to help keep those who are walking to the falls for the event safer. Those with a handicap sticker will be let through on the west side, but they will be taken some of the way to the falls via other transportation.

To help with the closure shuttle service is being provided from the lower shelter on the east side, with additional shuttles being available to pick up people in the M&L parking lot near Blossom Town.

Shuttles will begin taking people to the falls at 7:30 p.m. and they will continue operating until the event ends.

“We are asking people to make a $1 donation for the shuttle service,” said Giernet.

For those who want to walk a torchlight parade is going to begin in the M&L parking lot.

Local Scouts will be leading the parades, which are scheduled to leave at 8:15 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. each night.

Starting at 8 p.m. at the upper shelter Dakota storytelling is being offered, with Dakota singers and dancers at the falls performing at both 9 and 10 p.m. each night.

The light show is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and will continue throughout the rest of the night.

Music is being offered by Mood Swings, and food, including popcorn, walking tacos and cotton candy, will be available during the event. A variety of novelty items, such as glow sticks, are also being offered for attendees.

Kohler and Giernet expressed their appreciation to those who have helped to sponsor the event, adding they are also very grateful for those who are volunteering those nights.

Kohler said there are still opportunities for those who might want to volunteer for one or both nights. To find out how to get involved, contact Kohler at (507) 640-0209.

All are invited and encouraged to visit Ramsey Falls for NightFalls this Friday and Saturday.