A Spectacular Holiday Light Show In Black River

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Americans are expected to spend $6 billion on holiday decorations this year and people in the north country are doing their part.

One particular homeowner in Black River went all out for a Christmas light show that was a year in the making.

"This year I was dedicated, so I had to do it," said Fort Drum soldier Earl Babcock, owner of the 142 Pine Street home.

It took a year to program the computer to synchronize the lights with the music. It took another three weeks to string up 15,000 lights.

The best way to enjoy the show is from your car with the radio turned up loud.

"You just tune your car radio to the frequency and you can hear it," Babcock said.

And people show up by the car load to take a look.

"This is cool," Anthony Perusquia said, "This is neat. It's awesome."

Babcock's own daughters were equally impressed.

"Yeah, it's really cool!" one said.

"It's amazing!" said the other.

Babcock,says that's what makes the hours of work worthwhile.

"I love to make people smile," he said. "You can ask anybody. That's just the way it is."

This is the first year Babcock put up the show light show and it will also be the last. In Black River, anyway. The Babcock family is moving after the New Year. 

Sunday, November 23, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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