Storybook Island closes for the season after Once Upon a Festival

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN) - On Sunday kids were saying Bippity Boppity Bye to summer on the last day of the season at Storybook Island.

On Sunday kids were playing at Storybook Island for another year of Once Upon a Festival.

The festival helps raise money for the park, charging three dollar admission for the day to make admission free the rest of the summer.

The festival signifies the last day of the season, and the executive director says there's a lot of work to do before they reopen.

Connie LeZotte, executive director, Storybook Island, says, "There's so much that we have to do once the park closes tonight. We of course have to do maintenance, but we also have to hang about 15 miles worth of Christmas lights so that we're ready for the Safe and Sweet Trick or Treat, which is based on the Nightmare Before Christmas. Then we're ready for Christmas."

LeZotte hopes they raise more than $25,000 this year.

Storybook Island will reopen the Saturday before Halloween for Safe and Sweet Trick or Treat.