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Weather and Show Kick Off


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We have our annual combined cookie party and light show kick off this Saturday. Last two years we had great weather, however this year it is calling for heavy rain on Saturday. So far we have 56 adults and 15 kids coming and I know at least 14 are coming just for the light show and not the cookie party.

If it is lightly raining I plan on setting up a tent canopy that can fit about 15-20 people under it. If it is raining heavier I may just have people stand on the porch if they dont want to go out in the rain but they would not be able to see half of the display standing on the porch. If it is really bad and windy, I may shut it down altogether. The show will be running for the next four weeks so people can always come back any time and see it when the weather is not so bad.

Have any of you had weather problems on your show kick off night?

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I started mine the night after Thanksgiving. I expected a lot more people that who did show up BUT, it was very, very cold outside and everyone was freezing. After I was out there for almost two hours, I couldn't take it any more and had to go inside. Others left as well. Lots of nice comments though. Now out there in S. Calif. its a lot warmer so you shouldn't have that issue but rain of course is another matter as you mentioned. You could just put off the startup for another night. Remember too that in heavy rain, your GFCI outlets might trip and shut you down anyway.

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The heavy rain they were calling for got moved back a day so we only had a light rain and it stopped 30 minutes or so before the show started. However, one of my GFCI's did trip and I didn't notice it until 3/4 of the way through the first song when I realised the roof, center bush, and left bush lights were not working. And while I was in the back resetting the GFCI, some kids went into the middle of the display to get a closer look at the lights and one of them tripped over one of the wires, yanking up one of my lawn bulbs. It was no big deal to fix but you got to wonder about parents some time that let their kids trample through someones yard full of lights, decorations, and power cords.

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I put up a string(s) on a very simple low garden fence type thing I got from Lowes to hopefully let people know not to walk into the decorations and all the power wires there. During the week it took me to set it all up, kids from neighbors were all there watching and had to keep chasing them off in a nice way...didn't want them to trip anything either. They actually did trip out one cord. Just told them carefully that there's high voltage out there and they can get easily hurt. They seemed like they understood and haven't walked out there since.

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