- Associated Press - Sunday, December 25, 2016

FAIRVIEW, W.Va. (AP) - Fairview homeowners Wayne Dean and Kathy Lawson have been hosting an annual holiday light display that covers more of their home year after year, and this year they are asking for donations to support a good cause.

This year, Dean and Lawson have added around 10,000 more lights, a walkthrough portion and the opportunity for giving.

In 2014, there were between 60,000 and 70,000 lights, Dean said.

“(The displays) have gotten bigger,” Lawson said. “Every year we increase (the number of lights).”

“I also have approximately 60 3-D figures,” Dean previously told the Times West Virginian.

Lawson said they are collecting toys for the Fairmont Soup Opera this year.

“We have been wanting (to do it),” Lawson said. “My daughter and I shop after the holidays and pick up winter coats, and I have taken as much as a truck load over there. Now we are trying to get toys (to take).”

There is a box sitting outside the gate to the backyard where people can put their donations.

In addition to the number of lights, the couple has added a walkthrough of the backyard for closer viewing.

“There is a small walkthrough in the backyard,” Lawson said. “Then (Dean) built a tunnel of lights that the kids can go through. There is an elf on the shelf that we move around each day in the yard.

“There are some really pretty spots there where you can take pictures in the back because you are close enough to the group of lights.”

Lawson said the light tradition started when they lived in New Jersey, where she believes light decorations are more common.

“When we lived in New Jersey we decorated, too,” Lawson said. “We moved here about 10 years ago. The first couple of years we were redoing the house so we didn’t get too involved in it. … We couldn’t really decorate in the house because the house wasn’t done, so we started outside.”

The lights in the front of the house are all computerized, Lawson said.

Light viewers can tune into 92.5 on the radio as they drive by the lights, and in the front of the house the lights go with the music.

Dean joined an online group three years ago at doityourselfchristmas.com, Lawson said. Since joining, they have attended two conferences for the website, Lawson said.

“(It) is a group of guys and girls that do computer-controlled lighting and have developed some of the programs for that,” Dean previously told the Times West Virginian.

Lawson said the home does not have just one theme but is broken off into sections.

“In the pool area it is all tropical,” Lawson said. “There is Santa in a hammock between palm trees and there is a dolphin out there. Then we have, around the swing set, kids’ stuff like Sesame Street. It is kind of sectioned off into different themes.”

Other displays include animals such as pigs and dolphins, presents, Snoopy and many more.

Although the whole family gets involved, Lawson said Dean does a phenomenal job.

“We all work on it, but Wayne is really the brainstorm(er),” Lawson said. “He does most of the heavy work, but the whole family gets involved.”

The display runs daily from 6-10 p.m. and is located at 100 Stone St. in Fairview.


Information from: Times West Virginian, https://www.timeswv.com

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