Fairhope crews battle cold to set up for Lighting of the Trees

Baldwin County

FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WKRG) — While people across the Gulf Coast tucked themselves indoors as the freeze warning hit,  public works crews in Fairhope battled the elements.

Lights were in need of testing, snowblowers in need of hanging. It was the day before for the city’s coveted Lighting of the Trees.

Crews, who were used to prepping the event in short sleeves, bundled up in hats, gloves and extra layers.

“It’s normally warmer than this but we got a nice cold spell so with putting up these snowblowers,” said Jeremy Morgan, the assistant superintendent of public utilities. “It makes it feel a little more real.”

While they shivered, they didn’t stop. After about two-and-a-half hours of braving the Southern freeze in bucket trucks, the crews were able to go home and get inside – and rest warmly knowing their work outdoors laid the foundation for Thursday’s holiday event.

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