Some of the best Christmas light displays get better and better each year.
That's the case at Bob Omernik's home in Stevens Point, where every night leading up to Christmas, vehicles line the street to take a closer look.
Omernik, 72, knows a thing or two about Christmas lights, and the community knows his house at 3701 Water Street is the one to see. He even dares to call his display the best.
"For quite a few miles, yes. I know it. You'd be surprised how many people come up to me and say, oh we came up from Plainfield and we're so glad," he said.
About 70,000 lights adorn his yard, lights of all sizes and all colors. With so many lights, comes a hefty electric bill. Omernik expects to pay $900 at the end of the month.
"I've got some lights that are 20 years old, as long as we've been doing this."
With help from relatives, Omernik spends hours decorating before Christmas. This year he's tallied nearly 200 hours decorating.
"It was good decorating weather this year, we didn't have snow," Omernik said.
Evergreens are brought in from a local tree farm, each tree has several string of lights. Perhaps most noticeable are the giant globe lights placed all the way to the top of the tallest trees in his yard.
"For those two trees we use a lift, a cherry picker. We go to a rental and we get that and that makes it easier."
The work is tedious and he hates winter, but Omernik says the joy he brings to the community makes it all worthwhile.
It's also a bit of payback. While growing up, he says his mother never let him and his siblings help put up the lights. Instead they were told to go to bed. Today, as a grown man, he has the freedom to put up as many lights as he wants.
"That's the truth! I told that to my mother when she was still alive while we were doing this.. it's all your fault," he laughed.
Omernik's display will be lit every night through New Years.
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