Breaker failures cause outages at Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights

Some community members were disappointed, but organizers said the rest of the community's support has outweighed the negatives.

Posted: Dec 3, 2019 6:46 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- A series of breaker failures at the Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights may have caused some lights to go out, but organizers of the light show are focusing on the bright side.

Some community members were disappointed, but organizers said the rest of the community's support has outweighed the negatives.

“The best part of what could’ve been a negative is one or two people complaining turned into thousands of people excited about the festival and expressive how much it meant to them,” said Brian Prawitz, a spokesperson for the festival.

Visitors driving through last weekend noticed some of the light displays had gone dark. The breaker failures caused some power outages, organizers said. They said they first learned of the issues over Facebook Sunday night.

Organizers said if you’re a visitor who drove through over the weekend during the outages, you can contact them over their Facebook page to arrange a free ride.

The Umpqua Valley Festival of Lights was started in 1993 by the Roseburg Rotary Club. Since then, organizers said they have put out more than 90 displays every holiday season.

The festival runs until Jan. 1. It costs $10 per car seven days a week.

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