"Let there be light!" said Miss Dawson Springs Cameron Riley.

And there was.

At the sound of those words, lights in Veterans Park in downtown Dawson Springs illuminated.

A crowd cheered at the sight of lit reindeer, snowmen, trees, snowflakes and words.

The crowd gathered Sunday evening for the annual treelighting ceremony. The ceremony was part of Christmas open houses at local businesses.

The scouts of Troop 3000 brought in the country's and state's flags and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Barry Whitledge sang the National Anthem a cappella. The Dawson Springs High School choir also sang that way with "O Come, O Come Emmanuel."

The ceremony also serves as a time to recognize those who serve the community. The decorating committee selected a recipient for its Community Service Award and the Professional Women of Dawson Springs chose someone to receive the Spirit of Dawson Springs Award.

Wanda Hughes was chosen for the Community Service Award for her work with community events and her service for the Darby House and the Dawson Springs Museum and Art Center. Her granddaughter, Allie, accepted the award on her behalf. Hughes will be the grand marshal of the Dawson Springs Christmas Parade, scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, downtown. The rain date is Dec. 10.

Charlie Beshears was given the Spirit of Dawson Springs Award for his promotional work and love for the community. He serves as the 6th District magistrate on Hopkins Fiscal Court.

Following the tree-lighting, Whitledge asked the crowd to sing carols with him.