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Local man adds flair to Christmas Walk

Published: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 1:15 a.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 2:55 p.m. CST
(Photo submitted by Dixon Main Street)
This 1950s tree is on display at Books on First in Dixon. It's part of a collection of displays from Dixon resident Bob Burke that will be featured in the downtown for the 25th Annual Christmas Walk on Dec. 6 and through the end of the year.

DIXON – Shoppers passing through downtown Dixon this holiday season may see a few more special displays than normal, thanks to one local resident.

As part of Dixon Main Street’s 25th Annual Christmas Walk, Bob Burke has been decorating windows and businesses with special displays from his extensive Christmas collection.

“Bob stopped in the Main Street office a few months ago and mentioned that he had a large collection that he would love to display for the public,” said Josh Albrecht, Dixon Main Street executive director. “I told him that I thought it was a wonderful idea.”

From there, Burke has been coordinating with local business owners, as well as the Dixon Public Library, Dixon Post Office, and the Loveland Community House, among others. He has been preparing the displays since the beginning of November.

There will be 25 displays throughout the downtown, including an extensive display of more than 1,200 sheep at C&N Supply. Each display has its own theme and unique quality.

Burke, a retired postal worker, agreed to auction off several of the displays. The funds will go to several nonprofits in the community.

The displays will be up through the end of the year.

Dixon’s annual Christmas Walk is from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday.

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