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Paschall’s big Hazel Christmas lights display on hold this year

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Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 8:30 am | Updated: 9:37 am, Thu Nov 10, 2011.

HAZEL, Ky. - John and Barbara Paschall’s “Magical Christmas” holiday display in Hazel will not take place for 2011, but the family hopes to set up an expanded display next year.

John “Scooter” Paschall said this week that unexpected circumstances and other factors have prevented his getting started on the 60,000-plus Christmas light and music display this year.

“We had about 2,000 come out to see us in the past couple of years and, I hate to let everybody down, but we’re just not going to be able to do it this year,” Paschall said. “I hope to come back bigger and better than ever next year.”

The display, which features Christmas lights dancing to the rhythm of classic and contemporary holiday music, is one of the most popular in the region. Hundreds of children and their parents flock to the Paschal home on State Line Road each Christmas to see the show and visit with Santa Claus. The computer-generated display has won several local and regional awards and has been a vehicle to raise funds and other donations for Murray Need Line and the Leukemia Foundation the past few years.

Paschall says he regrets canceling for 2011, but will be ready for 2012. 

“I get started on the next year’s show almost as soon as I take the ones down that I have up,” Paschall said. “I get into setting it up in March, and then I usually get heavy into it by September. This year so many things came up.”

For 2012 he said he is planning an expanded light show with the addition six new computer relays and a video screen that will display Christmas images and possibly some new lighting displays.

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