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Big J Illinois

Anyone starting to put up there display

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Hey all, has anyone started to put up anything yet?  I have started the second story lighting,cause looking at the long range forcast, gonna get cold ,FAST!! Juse about done with the lighting on the 2nd story

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Not yet Big J.  still working out the final parts of the carousel.  Most of my display is ground level, several window wraps and one roof edge.  Not a lot of ladder work.  Fun this year is the Carnival / circus theme.  I have all the builds but the carousel complete and ready to put out.

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Have not started putting things outside yet. But I have started testing all the lights, fixing broke ones, getting all the trees put together in the garage, getting the light-o-rama boxs set up, etc etc... the prep before the set-up basically. My entire display normally takes me a day or two to "put-out" depending on help. We normally have decent weather here (Philly, PA area) until end of November so I am aiming to maybe get the roof done the second weekend of November, all the ground stuff done the third and then have that week to test the show a few times before opening night, November 25th. 

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So far with the size up my display I won't start putting anything out until Nov 1 and all Halloween is down. Since I can generally still get a cut or two of the grass through November I try and do everything none lawn related first. Always go live either Thanksgiving night or black Friday. I have been working on testing lights and any builds for about a month or so now though.

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As well as finishing up programming, I'm getting all the prep work done before setup in early Nov. Attached video of my mini tree test. I can barely wait!

 

P.S. Hello Planet Christmas!

Test.mp4

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I finished up the last of my exterior house painting clients this morning, and I was 25 feet up in my trees wrapping lights all afternoon and listening to the Carpenters Christmas.  It doesn't get better than right now!!

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