Reynolds light display has 20th anniversary

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Spokesman Michael Lawson gives a tour of the display. (Photo by Dan Domsic)

The Abominable Snowman. Hockey players enjoying a game on a froze-over pond. The Griswold family station wagon.

They’re all part of the Reynolds Farm Equipment 20th Annual Free Christmas Lights Display, and it all started with a Model D metal-wheel tractor.

Reynolds spokesman Michael Lawson said the very first lights display started with that single tractor, and the following year things got a little more intricate. By the third year, Reynolds set out to do something unique with it.

New attractions are regularly added annually, and the opportunity to give back to the community is available with the Fishers Come-to-Me Food Pantry and Interfaith Hospitality Network on hand.

“Christmas was huge to them (Mac and Arline Reynolds),” Lawson said. “It wasn’t about gifts. It was about spirit.”

The Reynolds started the business in 1955. Arline got to flip the big switch to power up the lights display this year.

The flip of the switch powers countless sculptures, some large some small. Until this year’s newest piece was lit, a 62.5 feet tall cross, the Abominable Snowman placing the star on top of the Christmas tree was the tallest attraction.

Each display seen from Ind. 37, 126th Street, or Reynolds Drive is built by the company, employing a welder to do a lot of the work.  Construction for each display varies depending on size and intricacy.

A total of three Reynolds employees are responsible for putting up the directions that slow traffic on the surrounding thoroughfares, according to Lawson.

Construction on the surrounding roads caused Reynolds to hesitate on aspects of the show this year, but after assurance from INDOT, the show goes on.

The display runs from dusk until dawn until Jan. 1 at 12501 Reynolds Dr. On Dec. 7 and Dec. 14 kids can meet Santa Claus, and visitors can partake in hot chocolate, cookies and popcorn.

For more information, visit reynoldsfarmequipment.com. For more information on the Fishers Come-To-Me Food Panty and IHN visit fishersumc.org/FoodPantry and indyihn.org, respectively.

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