Source: St. Cloud Times, April 9, 2019 by Alyssa Zaczek
ST. CLOUD — Fifth Avenue in downtown St. Cloud is about to get a little brighter.
The stretch of Fifth Avenue South between St. Germain Street and First Street South will soon feature permanent festoon lighting strung overhead, according to Jolene Foss, executive director of the St. Cloud Downtown Council.
Last spring, a group of local business owners and community members launched the Fifth Ave Live concert series with the intent of using the proceeds to fund the festoon lighting project.
Installation of the lights will begin by mid-April, according to Foss. A brief lighting ceremony will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, April 19, to coincide with the CentraCare Earth Day 5K festivities in downtown St. Cloud that evening.
"I believe you'll see the installation go up just the two or three days prior (to the ceremony,)" Foss said.
The lighting style characterized by oversized glass bulbs is often used in downtown districts, restaurant patios and other outdoor venues to create a warm, festive ambiance.
Those contributions supplemented proceeds from the Fifth Ave Live concert series, which was spearheaded by Foss, Boser, Ray Herrington, Katie Virnig and Shannon Wiger.
In June, Boser estimated that the first stage of the project would cost $80,000 to $100,000. Foss did not know the final cost of the project Tuesday, and Boser could not be reached for comment.
According to a press release from the St. Cloud Downtown Council, the organizers of the project do envision festoon lighting for additional sections of Fifth Avenue and St. Germain Street, though no specific dates or portions of those streets have been officially designated.
The Fifth Ave Live concert series will continue in 2019, according to the press release. The live music event will begin June 6 and occur every Thursday until the end of August.