Hazel light show creator makes repairs to have show running on Christmas Eve

The weather we had on Wednesday put a damper on a holiday tradition in Hazel, Kentucky.

The annual Magical Christmas light show didn’t happen on Wednesday because of wind damage. The show’s creator is determined to have the show running on Christmas Eve.

It takes almost 300 extension cords, 70,000 lights, more than six months of work and some money to make the Magical Christmas light show happen. 

After 15 years, John "Scooter" Paschall’s animated light show has come along way. 

"There’s people that will travel from Illinois, Missouri, everywhere," said Ashley Baylee, who grew up in the area.

Each year, 1,500 to 3,000 people go to the light show. Baylee even brought her young son.

"Just to see the joy on his face was enough for me," Baylee said.

Paschall starts planning the show in March to make sure all lights will move perfectly to the music come Thanksgiving Day. Each year he adds a new touch, like this year’s addition: Buddy the snowman.

"It’s not fun unless you add something different to it every year," Paschall said.

This year he’s had some extra work on his hands.

"We’ve had a lot of wind damage. I had a lot of wind damage before the display even went up," Paschall said.

Paschall has put in extra work to make sure decorations don’t blow away. Buddy the snowman is even screwed in place.

The event has become more than a show. It’s also now a fundraiser for Needline in Murray and the American Cancer Society.

Paschall says he’s working hard to make sure on Christmas Eve the show goes on.

"We’ve just kind of got to get back out there the next day, basically repair what we got to do, and get the show rolling again," Paschall said.

You can watch the light show from you car from two parking lots near Paschall’s house. Just tune into 101.5 FM. You can also watch from online by going to the Magical Christmas Facebook page or its website. Depending on the weather, it runs at 5 p.m. every night through Dec. 31. It will run extended hours to 10:30 p.m. through the Saturday. Sunday through Thursday, Dec. 31, it ends at 9:30 p.m.

All the nighttime video in this story was shot by Chris Adams.

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