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Enjoy the lights

December 5, 2012
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To the editor:

Here we are again - another year of my Christmas light display, the 28th year.

My memory and my lights in my head may be a little dimmer this year, because after all, I'll be 84 March 2, but my Christmas lights are so much brighter because I have bought thousands of new replacement lights.

On the windmill below my hill, which is 40 feet high, and the eight trees around the structure, it took 8,200 lights, that's why it doesn't take long to get over 100,000 lights. The cross rock also has new lights, 4,900 of them, is one thing that cannot be seen from the road. Also, the most decorative of anything I have seen on display is the carousel in my gazebo with six teddy bears riding six animals and two deer and four horses going around and around. And the teddy bears love the ride. It's hard for parents to restrain their children from getting on.

I could go on and on. And let you know that the people that do not get out of a car are missing the best part of my display.

Also up the steps of my five-tier deck, which is about 25 feet up and then you look down upon the valley of my lights all over the hillside. Also bring your cameras, because I let people into my family room upstairs to take family photos and of my 9-foot tree and teddy bears. I even pass out envelopes containing two photos and nine poems I wrote, etc., free of charge.

So, under the bright stars above, you will see brighter sights for 40 nights Nov. 21 through Jan. 2. See you all soon. (Remember, admission is free.)

Merlin L. Fort

Dakota City



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