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    2010 Central Pennsylvania Tour Of Lights


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    we have six animated shows within 30 miles or so of Harrisburg Pa.

    Our show is over 400 channels and we are wirelessly controlling not only our house but 9 others and this year are running 65,000+ lights here in camp hill pa. Last year we were able to raise well over $10,000 for St. Jude Childrens hospital and all six shows are also raising money for the same charity.

    Another show is 128 channels and just a few miles from me.

    The show in Manheim has a 30'+ tall mega tree

    The show in chamersburg has a 12' tall leaping arch

    The show in hanover has a droid app and you can control his lights from your droid

    More info can be found at www.patouroflights.com

    If your in central Pa. there is a show near you!

    my show opener- http://www.vimeo.com/17672043 full show is 10 songs and a few voiceovers(thanks Demented elf)

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    Hello Greg and I am from Tunkhannock. We will run from 5:30-10:30 this weekend and fri and sat santa will be here from 6-9. I already have interest from someone wanting to start a new show in your area and grow the tour of lights your way. Depending on how long into next year you run I may swing up your way as well.

    Some other great shows right near me and we have 6 great animated shows within 45 minutes of Harrisburg.

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    Hello Greg and I am from Tunkhannock. We will run from 5:30-10:30 this weekend and fri and sat santa will be here from 6-9. I already have interest from someone wanting to start a new show in your area and grow the tour of lights your way. Depending on how long into next year you run I may swing up your way as well.

    Some other great shows right near me and we have 6 great animated shows within 45 minutes of Harrisburg.

    That would be cool, I try to make it into Janurary if I can, usually if attendence drops off or I get some decent weather I may begin to take things down. Let me know what day I can try to leave it up until then. I will try to make it down this weekend if possible, we have some things going on with the kids. Where in Harrisburg are you located.

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    Ron,

    I am located up here in the Scranton area, I may bring the family by this weekend to see your show. I have 208 channels myself with 32,000 lights This year I have a phone interface working with the show. What would your hours be for the weekend and where are you located in camp hill?

    "It started in Scranton as our #1, it's bound to entertain ya..everybody has the mania to do the polka from Pennsylvania..."..sorry, everytime I hear Scranton, I think of the Groundhog movie:)

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    We had a pretty crazy weekend. Not sure but so far just here at our show we have already raised over $8,700. Really just amazed what we have been able to do with our show and the past week not only can i not leave I barely get a chance to run in the house to warm up.

    Im gonna try and get up there if possible in Jan as well and if anyone is located in pa. please check out www.patouroflights.com for info on 6 great shows around the central pa area. 1 guy even sequences with his elbows! Just kidding kinda but 6 great shows raising money for a great cause.

    show intro

    http://www.vimeo.com/17672043

    canon rock

    http://www.vimeo.com/17926969

    all i want for christmas

    http://www.vimeo.com/17680787

    amazing grace

    http://www.vimeo.com/17697615

    The best songs are not yet up but we have 12 total. If it were any brighter here in Camp Hill it would like the house is on fire! Running 404 channels and nearly 70,000 lights and were not afraid to use em!

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    The mega tree in manheim at Don Krasleys show is worth the drive just to see it. His circle yard grid is a very unique feature as well as an overall great show.

    The Tour Of lights will run for 2 more weeks for anyone located in Pa. and were all collecting for St. Jude Childrens Hospital.

    So far just here at our show we have raised well over $11,000 and fram a Christmas light display I am still amazed how our friends, Family and community have come out to support this great cause!

    Merry Christmas and May all your holidays be as bright as an ALL ON clip here at the Duszak Family Light Show!

    Ron D.

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