Get ready to Light Up the Trace

Published 1:37 pm Tuesday, December 14, 2021

The Jefferson Davis County Chamber Partnership and the Town of Prentiss are getting ready for  a new fundraising event called Light Up the Trace.  Light Up the Trace will be held on the Longleaf Trace on Dec. 21, on the darkest day of the year. Luminarias can be purchased to place on the Longleaf Trace in memory or honor of a loved one, to send a special message or to commemorate a significant event.

Luminarias can be purchased at Bassfield and Prentiss City Halls and the Chamber Partnership Office in Prentiss. Luminarias can be purchased in three colors, white for $5, silver for $10 and gold for $50. According to Prentiss City Clerk Missy Jones participation has been great so far.

There will be a tent set up in Prentiss and in Bassfield serving hot chocolate and cider.

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Installations of the luminarias will be in Prentiss, Carson and Bassfield and will begin at 5 p.m. and end at 8 p.m. Donna Buckley’s Dancers will provide entertainment at 7 p.m. at the Gateway to the Longleaf Trace in Prentiss followed by an Ugly Sweater Contest.

Light Up the Trace has been organized to raise money for solar lights along the Longleaf Trace. “Profits will go to install solar lights within the city limits of Bassfield, through Carson and from the Prentiss Institute to the Longleaf Gateway in Prentiss,” said JDC Economic Development Director Gary Bass. Bass encourages groups and churches to prepare installations of luminarias for this soon-to-be annual event.

“I wanted to do this for the safety and security of the Longleaf Trace, to be of service to the community, to be of service to the Trace and to move tourism forward in our county.” Bass wants community members to feel safe about using the Trace at night. “It is the darkest night of the year. Let’s light up the night so everyone will know brighter days are ahead for Jefferson Davis County.”

For more information contact the JDC Chamber Partnership office at 601-792-5903 or Prentiss City Hall at 601-792-5196.