It has been over two months since my last post on Christmas Day, so catching you up can be a challenge. But let’s start here:
The 2014 lights display ran from Thanksgiving night through New Year’s Day (One more day than advertised)
36 days the show ran
172 hours of show time
$1,358.96 in donations collected for the Mayor’s Christmas Tree Fund (more on the Donation’s page)
Approximately 1,200 cars stopped by to see the show (Olathe Parks & Rec installed a traffic counter)
Seventeen friends and family help set-up the Christmas Lights Display
Eight friends and family dismantled the display on January 2, 2015
Brett, Tyson, Tom, Charley, Jim, Tom and Bill, with Tracy capturing the moment
Eight employees of the Olathe Parks & Rec Dept. delivered the display items to Stagecoach park on November 21, 2014 and picked them up to store them on January 5, 2015
We didn’t know what this year would hold, moving from an established site in Prairie Village for three years, but our experience with the Olathe Parks & Recreation Department and the Olathe Community Center was spectacular. Everyone was so cooperative and helpful through each phase of the set-up and tear-down of the display. And storing the display items in a secure Olathe Parks & Rec building is very reassuring. We are also thankful for all those who came out to see this year’s display.
And speaking of people coming to see the show, we had one special person all the way from NYC who stopped this year. But this should tell you all about it:
And here’s the note that Grace sent us:
Now you know why we do the display ever year. For Grace and all who come and enjoy it.
We’ve posted a few videos that will give you a feel for the scope of the display, but nothing is as good as seeing it in person. We have a few more to edit and post, but not sure that will happen because we are deep into planning this year’s show. But more on that later.