By Jackie Nelson
Aspiring Griswold Austin Bollinger is once again lighting up Rosewood drive. This year is Bollinger’s third year for his light show. Bollinger’s light extravaganza can be seen from 6 to 10 p.m. on weekdays and 6 to 11 p.m. on weekends.
“I have 8,846 lights and 12 Christmas songs on rotation,” he said.
While the show draws a crowd, Bollinger said Christmas is more than lights and music.
“We have a donation box out front. We are collecting money for the Harvey County Food Bank this year. The money is all going to stay in Harvey county and everything donated will go there,” he said.
This year, Bollinger’s show is Christmas focused.
“Last year had a lot less Christmas music. This year it is all Christmas. I took out the pop-remix I had earlier this season and replaced it with “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” he said.
In his quest to add lights each season, this year the Bollinger mega-tree is the most obvious addition.
“It is 10 feet with 1,640 lights. To get the spiral effect, lights are on less than .05 of a second,” he said.
Bollinger also added seven tomato-cage Christmas trees and a talking tree.
“The tomato cages are really simple. They’re just cage wrapped in lights. In the dark they look like small Christmas trees. The talking tree is pretty fun, too,” he said.
As the light show has grown, it has become a family-affair.
“My little brother, Nathan, did the recording for the Harvey County Food Bank. My dad helped me build the mega-tree out front,” he said.
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