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Vinton light display goes on despite summer storm

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VINTON (KWWL) -

A tradition in the Vinton area for more than four decades almost didn't happen this year because of a major storm that went through Benton County this past summer.

Since 1965 a Christmas light display has been lighting up a rural area just north of Vinton. For Heidi Koopman it's all she's ever known. Her father started it, she got engaged there, and she's kept it going after the passing of her parents. She wasn't going to let a major storm stop it from happening.

"We lost over half of our trees and damage to the house and damage to the house and damage to other items in the yard. It took all of our time to clean that up and take care of that," said Koopman.

This year the display is smaller. Instead of 32,000 lights, they only have around 15,000. Instead of seven miles of electrical chords, there's only about three miles worth.

"It's been slow so far this year. I don't know if people realize we are on because of the storm and I want people to know we are still doing the best we can even though it's half. It's on and we want people to come and enjoy it," said Koopman.

This Christmas tradition means a lot to Koopman and her family and seeing so many people come to visit over the years.

"They're laughing and looking out and enjoying it. That makes it worthwhile when you watch people enjoy it. It helps bring the Christmas spirit back," said Koopman.

If you would to view the Christmas display the lights go on at 5:00 in the evening and they are open until 9:30 during the week and until 10:00 on the weekends.

The display will be up and running until December 27th. There is no cost but free will donations will be accepted.

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