We are the Paschall's, John (Scooter) and Barbara. We are located at 404 State Street in the small town of Hazel, Kentucky located south of Murray, Kentucky on the Tennessee State line.
In 1999 we started our display with 2500 lights, and since then that total has grown to over 60,000 lights. After visiting other displays around the town and viewing all the computerized displays on line we decided we would try our hand at it. In 2004 we started collecting wire frames, spiral trees, deer, polar bears, moose, extra Christmas trees and other odd and end Christmas decorations to make our display unique.Our first year of anaimation we purchased two controllers, a monster brain and 12 pre-programmed songs from "Animated Lighting". Since then we have added eight more controllers, Animation Director software and a FM transmitter to broadcast our music.
In March we plan the design, music is selected and then Scooter starts the tedious tasks of programming for the new year. With lots of hours in front of the computer and late nights by September we are ready to get started with building new creations.
The first Saturday in November we have recruited the children and grandchildren to help pull out all the lights that are in storage and start the testing and repairing process. And then our layout is planned for both the static and computerized sections of the yard. Scooter is in charge of the computerized part and Barbara takes charge of the static side. The computerized display includes a 10 foot Z-tree ,2 Mega Trees, 16 mini trees, 6 leaping arches, dancing Santa and Elvis with the Peguinaires (which to our amazement was a big hit). We also have rope light arches, 3 dimensional trees and deer, candy canes, carolers, angels, nativity scene and plenty of strobes to add a little "Wow" into the show. . Visitors can park across the road in an empty parking lot and tune their radios to 101.5FM and watch as the lights perform to the music.
The static side consists of Santa and his workshop, sleigh and reindeer, elves, moose, numerous deer, polar bears, elephant and lots and lots of decorated trees As visitors arrive they are greeted by the Paschall's nightly. Candy canes are handed out and all are welcomed to "Magical Christmas". And on certain nights the big man himself, Santa makes visits to meet and greet all the children who come to see the show.
2007 is also the year we started our relationship with "Need Line" of Murray, Kentucky. "Need Line" is a non profit organization that helps 650 - 700 families each month, with food, help with utilty bills, shelter and a hope that people in need can have a little better quality of life.
In 2012 we started a new relationship with the American Cancer Society. Taking donations to help in the research to find a cure for cancer. We installed a "Tree of Hope" in honor of those who have survived, and for those who lost the battle with cancer. A simple $5.00 donation gets the loved ones name in a "Ring of Honor" surrounding the tree for all to see.
Christmas Enthusist Prayer
As I untangle strings of Christmas lights, Lord help me to remember that I do this first to honor You. Never let me get so prideful that I fail to see the wonders in the eyes of a child or the joy on the faces of those who are still children at heart. Never let me forget that my total effort is to make Christmas memories, bring cheer and to slow down the pace of a hectic season if only for a moment. And Lord, someday when I meet you face to face, may I hear you say: When you made My people smile, you made ME smile.
Used by permission of Mira Moore