Those who have traveled along Brazeau Avenue in Oconto recently, may have noticed an extra touch of holiday cheer.
"I call it the 'Avenue of Wreaths' because this is Brazeau Avenue and now we have an 'Avenue of Wreaths' you can see they go all the way down and make the curve all the way down there," explains City of Oconto Mayor Victoria Bostedt.
It was a project started with modest expectations, now more than eighty wreaths are hung on the black fence that lines the road, each in honor or in memory of a member of the community.
"We put an article in the paper a few times, and just got an overwhelming response, more than we ever thought it would be," says Jane Kordiyak, of the Oconto Women's Club, who helped organize the wreath project.
The Oconto Chamber of Commerce and the Oconto Women's Club came up with the idea to bring more people through the city, several years ago US-41 ran right through Oconto.
But a construction project, completed in 2009, put an end to that. The highway bypasses it completely.
"It's just another showing that the City of Oconto is not going to let the bypass deter its business and its operation and to also give the community a little more spirit, " says Ron Hayes, President of the Oconto Chamber of Commerce.
The wreaths will be up until late next month, but this is a tradition that will be back next year, and for many years to come.
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