“G. E.’s happy to give back to the town that gives so much to us,” said Steve Hacala, a management employee of General Electric. When Brenda Compton of Downtown Bentonville approached Hacala with the idea of donating lights to the square, G. E. gladly responded — by purchasing $2,000 worth of new lights for the city to string and burn for six weeks. In some area cities, the city government spends tax dollars for decorative light bulbs, saying it promotes economic development, but no local businesses donate time or money.
The annual Lighting of the Square ceremony, celebrated for 20 years in Bentonville, will be held at 5: 30 p. m. According to a story in the Benton County Daily Record, Mayor Bob McCaslin will turn on the voltage for the city’s “gazillion mega-killowatts of light” to kick off the holiday season. There was no mention of whether Mayor McCaslin would attend the ceremony to end the festivities and pay the electricity bill in January.