July 23, 2016

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Ready to color the holidays

MEDINA — For the eighth year, the Medina County Fairgrounds will be transformed into a holiday fantasy land.

Fair board members, 4-H clubs, churches and volunteers start constructing the Holiday Lights Drive-Thru, a winding one-mile course, in October. Starting Friday, cars can
meander past light displays depicting scenes from holiday stories and popular culture.

Barb Nixon, chairwoman of the Holiday Lights Committee, said the drive-through started with three displays and now boasts more than 100.

“We get people from all over (Medina) County, Lorain County,” Nixon said, adding that even a bus from Chicago will bring people to see the elaborate displays.
Polar bears, gingerbread men, moose and caroling mice make appearances alongside commercial characters such as SpongeBob SquarePants and Mike and Sully from Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.”

“There’s plenty of stuff for the kids,” Nixon said.

Nixon said most of the light displays were created by groundskeeper Jim Martin.

“We’ve bought tube lighting” to build custom displays, said Nixon, who added that pre-built displays can cost more than $10,000.

Fair board members and volunteers bend and twist the tubing into the colorful, flashing figures that decorate the drive.

The majority of the wooden figures and props throughout the course also are handmade and painted, she said.

At a slow pace, the course takes 20 minutes to complete. Before leaving, every car passes by Santa’s house where St. Nick himself passes out candy to children.

The drive is “beautiful at night,” Nixon said.

Contact Kaitlin Bushinski at (330) 721-4050 or kbushinski@ohio.net.