Your Town Merrill Features Elaborate Lights Display

By: Madeline Anderson Email
By: Madeline Anderson Email

Along Taylor Street in Merrill is one of those houses that makes you slow down when you drive by, tune your radio and look out the window.

Perhaps it's the colors, the mystery of how it gets put together or simply the holiday spirit.

But it never gets old.

Don't be fooled though this certainly isn't child's play. Joe Countryman spent more than a year researching the logistics.

“It's lots of reading”, he says. Followed by three weeks of screwing in hooks, stringing up decorations and planning out evening entertainment. Countyman uses a computer software program to coordinate the tunes with the twinkle.

"There are 6,200 light bulbs, more than 128 combinations and 18 different songs."

When you put it all together there's nothing but magic.

"It's been wonderful watching the show. Joe and I, we actually sit in our house with the shades up watching the show and watching people just slow down and stop and we just love, it makes everybody happy. We just love doing that,” says Joe's wife, Josie.

Josie says up to 50 cars slow down each Thursday through Saturday outside their home. An experience that's been just as much of treat for them as it has for the neighborhood.

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