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Let's see who, in Illinois has there displays!! I know there was an individual, whom shall remain nameless, that was recently on the GCLF.. in a suburb of chicago. Below is ours, NOT nearly worthy of the light fight...hardly close at all

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Very nice, Big J.  I am dark this year in Paxton, taking my third break in 4 years. Just hard to find the time to commit to prep and setup. Planning on a return next year, but I did put together a nice static display on our church lot this year.

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18 hours ago, Big J Illinois said:

Let's see who, in Illinois has there displays!! I know there was an individual, whom shall remain nameless, that was recently on the GCLF.. in a suburb of chicago. Below is ours, NOT nearly worthy of the light fight...hardly close at all

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nice!! how may lights? oh u have a light out btw LOL

17 hours ago, vkjohnson said:

Very nice, Big J.  I am dark this year in Paxton, taking my third break in 4 years. Just hard to find the time to commit to prep and setup. Planning on a return next year, but I did put together a nice static display on our church lot this year.

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sure looks amazing don't wanna get on my plupit but thank you up above …..

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nice! I at one time broke 100,000 at my hosue but the only reason I know that that's about all I can put up or I get a free trip to the moon 

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Big J.. love the house. pfft- don't even know how many I have up.

I do know I have about 40k -50k in lights sitting in my garage NIB.. :) I might start doing light spheres- 10inch light balls and throwing them up in the trees.

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1 hour ago, Rotatorman said:

Diamondkilo: and I thought I was the only one with new, unopened boxes of Christmas lights.......

that's last weeks overflow of lights. LOL.

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