Finnegan’s RV Continuing ‘Holiday Light Tours’
Continuing with its annual tradition, Illinois-based Finnegan’s RV will once again be offering tours of Rockton and South Beloit to see some of the beautiful displays.
According to a report in the Beloit Daily News, the first set of RVs will depart from Grinnell Hall Senior Center on Wednesday (Dec. 11). The tours are open to both members and non-members of the center, but are exclusive to senior citizens.
Co-owner Mark Finnegan said that there will be four motorhomes available that can accommodate nine passengers each for a total of 36 available spots.
“We may add a second night depending on demand,” he said, noting a second set of tours will be offered the following week.
Finnegan’s RV holiday tours originally began in the 1970s and were started by Mark Finnegan’s father, Cy.
“What we did initially the first several years is we would take people from nursing homes and take them around to see the lights,” Mark Finnegan said. “But as time went on, it got to be a little tough because many were in rough condition.”
The tours then transitioned into taking people from senior centers with less serious medical issues.
Finnegan says his father started the event as a way of reaching out to seniors who might otherwise be troubled during the holidays.
“I think it was just a matter of wanting to be community-oriented. With some of the seniors, sometimes that was the only time they would get out of those nursing homes,” Finnegan said. “It just gave them a shot of excitement during a special time of year.”