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What is your show start night this year?


Wayne K
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I have allway's  done Thanksgiving night or Friday night.   But since Thanksgiving is a week late this year I am thinking I might light up on the 22nd or 23 rd. What is everyone doing this year for your turn on night?

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It's been our tradition to invite the whole neighborhood out the Saturday Night after Thanksgiving.  My wife and I both work retail so we like to wait until after the Black Friday nonsense is over.  When the weather is good, we usually can see about 200 or so people in front of the house.  I usually set up the Big Speakers outside on the first night in addition to the radio, so everyone can hear it.  Being a week later just means the power company gets a little less from my wallet.

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Thanksgiving and the Friday after are holidays off from work allowing me to setup.  No matter how early or late thanksgiving is, I am not ready until the Sunday after thanksgiving.  Maybe after I retire it will be different.    When people ask about show dates I say 'Every day of December' which is easy to remember.  But the show actually runs several days on both sides of December with varying levels of completeness.  Many people request me to run on Saturday after TG so out of town visitors can see it.  But I dont want the pressure of having a firm date which is a challenge to meet.  

 

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BobO

Very interesting chart. I have not seen or thought about anything like that. But interesting about the number of days every year. Thanks for sharing that.

Wayne

 

 

On 10/20/2019 at 12:58 PM, ItsMeBobO said:

Thanksgiving and the Friday after are holidays off from work allowing me to setup.  No matter how early or late thanksgiving is, I am not ready until the Sunday after thanksgiving.  Maybe after I retire it will be different.    When people ask about show dates I say 'Every day of December' which is easy to remember.  But the show actually runs several days on both sides of December with varying levels of completeness.  Many people request me to run on Saturday after TG so out of town visitors can see it.  But I dont want the pressure of having a firm date which is a challenge to meet.  

 

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  • 3 weeks later...

shooting for first weekend in December. Only got weekends to set up and that's about 12hrs for the 2 days. 

Sucks when you got to help run the family vending business 7 days a week

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Just finished the final installations and testing last night.  65 deg at 5pm yesterday and 29 deg with wind gusting to 30 this morning.

Plan on running this Weekend (15-17) and go live the weekend before Thanksgiving.  Everything is up so might as well let them run.  :D

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We usually go live the Sunday after Thanksgiving but will probably start on Black Friday this year.  Hoping to wrap up the installation of all lights, controllers and power wires this Sunday and do some testing.

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Argh.  Long range weather forecast is showing rain next week for Wednesday, Turkey Day, and Black Friday - my opening night.  Won't affect the show itself, but the opening night "party" will be reduced if it's raining.  Also means that I could lose last minute setup time.

This means that this weekend is going to be higher pressure to get EVERYTHING completed.

Yes, I realize that 10 day forecasts are a wild guess at best, but...

 

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