The fundraising to relight the Cotter Bridge spanning the world famous brown trout fishery at the White River has started! The Light the Bride Committee is contacting individuals and companies to help us light the bridge once again.
There is a unique opportunity to make the Cotter Bridge one of the most recognized landmarks in Arkansas! Imagine traveling east or west towards Trout Capital, USA in Cotter, Arkansas. You and yours are drawn to the lights, so much so, you detour for a closer look. From the scenic overlook or in the park, all become amazed by the brightly lighted arches and rails.
On the Fourth of July, thousands will feel patriotic pride when viewing the arches lighted in red, white, and blue while the local high school band play Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever. Perhaps your company or family has a special occasion -- picture your company colors or your child’s favorite colors displayed, or an anniversary flashing white with memories. Once this bridge is lighted, it will attract tourists from all over the country. The economic impact will spread throughout Baxter and Marion Counties, while branding one of the Mid-South’s greatest attractions.
The bridge will use LED commercial grade lights to replace the old Christmas tree-style lights. They will be lighted in the traditional amber white lights each night, like before, but we will have the ability to change colors for holidays, special events, and sponsors several times a year. The new LED lights are very efficient; they are rated at 50,000 hours of life or approximately 23 years at 6 hours per night.
If you are interested in sponsoring an arch, we will be happy to schedule a special presentation for you or your company showing sample lights and their capabilities. On the evening when the switch lights the bridge again, the entire community will be united by their sponsorships whether by a single light, an entire railing or an arch. Please review the attached sponsorship form, select your sponsor level, and join with us in lighting the bridge.