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Holiday tour features 4 homes

MARSHALL — The Lyon County Historical Society will be holding the annual Holiday Home Tour on Sunday from 1-4 p.m. This year’s tour include the homes of Derek and Raftyn Rignell, Steven Smisek, Stu and Barb Zick, and Dr. Mary Hagan.

“It’s a great cause, and it’s fun to put the Christmas decorations on your home. We’ve done a lot work on the home in the last five years,” Raftyn Rignell, a homeowner said.

“All the homes are older homes (1880, 1906, 1937, and 1925) that the homeowners have updated recently or are in the process of updating. However, what is most exciting is that the homeowners have kept many of the original features of the homes or are incorporating original features,” Jennifer Andries, executive director at the Lyon County Historical Society Museum said.

“My home is a project home, but the things that are done I’m proud of,” Steven Smisek, a homeowner, said.

“We are excited to have the opportunity to share our home with friends. Our favorite aspect of the home is it’s location it’s beautiful trees. We love being across the street from the park. We feel very connected to Marshall and we are lucky to be so close to downtown,” Barb Zick, a homeowner said.

Tickets are $20/each and are available at the Lyon County Museum, Coco Avenue, and Hy-Vee. The proceeds go towards preservation, exhibits, and programs at the Lyon County Historical Society Museum.

On the day of the tours the Lyon County Museum will be open noon to 4 p.m serving cookies and refreshments. The 7th Annual Indoor Christmas Tree Walk and Heritage Room Christmas display will be also available to walk through.

“We have 20 trees this year on the annual indoor Christmas Tree Walk. The trees were decorated by individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and service groups,” Andries said.

“The Heritage Room Christmas display features over 60 nativity scenes. Volunteers, Ann Carrow and Beverly Kenyon put the display together. The nativity scenes are from several community members along with a few from the museum’s collection,” Andries said.

A contest where people can vote for their favorite tree will be held until December 31. People can vote for their favorites by putting money in the box next to the tree. “The 3 trees with the most money in their boxes win Marshall Chamber dollars. The proceeds from the boxes support the historical society,” Andries.

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