A new project in Vergennes is drawing tourists and locals to see Vergennes in a whole new light.
The roaring waters over the Vergennes Falls plug into the Green Mountain power grid, but the life of the falls in Vermont's smallest city goes back centuries.
"It's done water power both on this side and in the brick building over there, that at one point was a spark plug factory," says former Vergennes Mayor, Michael Daniels.
From spark plugs to wood working, even grain production, the water used to power several mills. For decades the falls blended into the backdrop of the city, but four years ago Daniels had an idea to make them stand out once again.
"I just thought you know, let's share it and let's see what we can do as a calling card to draw more people into the area," says Daniels.
From a subtle red, white and blue to bright green, each summer 12 LED lights now illuminate the falls. The colors change every 10 minutes. "It's more about a come and enjoy and relax atmosphere. And to sell the falls not the city itself," says Daniels.
Getting the project up and running was no easy feat. "The locations of the lights are pretty unique; there are some pretty far out there on the ledge," says Vermont Audio Visual owner Ben Lawrence.
Lawrence and his partner carefully installed the lights on the exteriors of some of the city's oldest buildings. He's used to lighting stages and weddings but water posed a new set of challenges.
"There is a wooden plank that goes out there and we secure ourselves, you know for safety," says Lawrence.
Lawrence says he doesn't mind the risk because the finished product is a big reward. "I mean it's nice to see people kind of hanging out down at the park having a barbecue or something, hanging out watch the sunset and sit around a little while and watch the colors change on the falls," he says.
The falls are lit every night from 9 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. every night through Labor Day Weekend.
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