June 24, 2016

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Local light shows back for holidays

MEDINA — Two popular holiday light shows have returned for the holiday season.

Don Cartier, who puts on a light show at his home, 1228 Alexandria Lane, is reprising his show this year, and there’s also the Holiday Lights Drive-Through at the Medina County Fairgrounds.

In 2012, he spent hours working to build a new set and props for “It’s a small world” Disney theme for his annual Cartier Christmas Magic light show. The show includes recorded performances from Cartier’s three dogs, Murphy, Beasley and Sissy, and from a neighbor’s dog, Cupcake. Large projection screens will show the dogs singing through the home’s windows. Visitors also can see Santa and Mrs. Claus, the Fairy Godmother and Santa’s elves.

Last year was the first time he used LED lights on the display and featured the dogs singing. The show was such a success, Cartier said he’s keeping the theme, but has added a few surprises for guests who come every year.

“It worked out so well last year, and it took so long to build, we thought we’d bring it back,” Cartier said.

His light show kicked off last week and runs nightly until New Year’s Eve. The show is free, but during the broadcast, Cartier encourages people who like the show to make donations to the Medina County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals or Toys for Tots, two of his favorite local organizations.

Those who stop by to watch the 20-minute show can listen to the broadcast through their car radios at 100.5 FM. The preshow music plays 5 to 7 p.m. nightly, with the main show running 7 to 9 p.m. After-show music and lights is 9 to 11 p.m.

At the fairgrounds, the drive-through display kicked off Friday. The show is in its 12th season and includes inflatable displays and moving lighted displays.

Over the years, the county Fair Board has added to the display with the help of community donations and sponsors from local businesses. Church groups and local 4-H clubs also donate time to help create the displays and make it a success.

The display is open 6 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 6 to 9 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 29. Entrance fees are paid per vehicle: Cars cost $7, vans $15 and buses $50. Proceeds from the display benefit the Fair Board. For more information, visit www.medina-fair.com.

Contact reporter Loren Genson at (330) 721-4063 or lgenson@medina-gazette.com.

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Loren Genson was The Gazette's senior reporter. From August 2012 through September 2015, she covered Brunswick city and state and national government. To contact The Gazette, call the managing editor at (330) 721-4065.