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Howdy Tennessee! Whats Up In 2011?

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Hey guys and gals whats going on in TN for 2011?? Any big halloween displays planned?? How is everybody doing?? Anybody got any blowmolds they dont want?? Hollar folks lets do something!!! : )

Jim

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I guess it is just me and you.... We don't do a Halloween display, but are moving straight into the Christmas display. Know of any good deals on a baby Jesus blowmold?

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Hi Jim, Sorry I missed the first posting, been working on some new things for this year and also repairing LED sets. Have repaired over 500 sets and still working on them. Helpiing Shadrack Productions with there display setup this year. Want to try and meet someplace for coffee or lunch one day just let me know. Roger

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Im in TN too! Been troubleshooting my first LOR controller and not paying attention... This is my first year to do an animated display.

Welcome to the hobby! If you have any questions feel free to ask us locals. What part of Tennessee are you located in?

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Chad what size and maker Jesus do you need??

Roger sounds like you are having fun working for shadrack!!! Have to meet up one day !!

This will be my 3rd year with LOR and I'm still working out the bugs!! Glad to see folks working on stuff for Christmas and Halloween!! Fixin to put out my blowmolds and a few lights! Have 10 or 15 new molds for Halloween this year. May play music but no LOR for Halloween.

Im just south of Knoxville if anyone needs anything!

Jim

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Jim: It doesn't really matter. I was given a manger that is about 12ft tall and 15ft wide that is made out of wood. I already have the nativity in wireframes, but I was thinking it might be nice to have a blowmold Jesus for the actual manger. I have found a few on Ebay that I have been looking into. Do you have any preferences as to what brand? I'm just looking for a cheap one.

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Chad in my opinion you would need a "lifesize" baby jesus blowmold (they are actually about 1/2 life size). I dont have an extra one of those. The medium set that most folks have and that you see mostly on ebay would be way too small. I will keep an eye out for one but if you see one on ebay that you think is fairly priced Id get it! Not too easily an item to get!

Jim

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i just moved to the mid tenn(murfreesboro) area from west tenn but i wont be doing a display this year but will be here if anybody needs some extra help or lights. I will be going around seeing alot of displays this year tho, so I need to know where to go if someone would give me some address of displays.

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Brad, thanks for the info! I will have to keep my eyes open for a life sized Jesus.

Aaron, you can find the address to my display on my website along with directions, however in 2009 we had a post with many addresses. Here is a link to it. Not sure how many are still around though.

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Brad, thanks for the info! I will have to keep my eyes open for a life sized Jesus.

Aaron, you can find the address to my display on my website along with directions, however in 2009 we had a post with many addresses. Here is a link to it. Not sure how many are still around though.

Already told my wife that we are going to go by yours and Ken Maxwell for sure this year. Been by Maxwell two years ago. So hopefully we will found some more to go too.

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Hey gang. Sorry I've not been paying attention. Still living in Antioch/Smyrna in October Woods. We have been working on a few new items for this year. Will be our 6 year in a row with a completely different display. The fun continues. Looking forward to seeing everyone's displays this year.

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I've got a small Halloween display. It's mostly a wood/pvc fence, a few spot lights, a few tiki torches burning the colorflame fuel (red green, and blue), and a few misc tombstones, and cobwebs.

Nothing animated or running off a controller. I wanted to get a few animatronics, but the budget didn't allow it this year.

That reminds me I need to get some of my stuff out and go thru it. I need to get new flood light holders with the spring clamp on them for my gutter. And touch up the paint on my fencing.

Anyone have about 20-25' of Orange or Purple rope light and a power adapter/cord they're not using? I need it to "rope" off my sidewalk to keep the kids from trampling the display area.

I'm only going to put my display up for that weekend (including Monday), because of possible vandals and such.

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Hey neighbors! We're in Donelson. Aaron - there are some REALLY good ones in Middle TN. SupermanBrandon has a great one there in "Cane Ridge", there are a couple of guys down in Murfreesboro that have some super ones. There is also a static drive thru' display off of highway 109. We drove thru' it (think it was 8 or 10 bucks?) a few years ago - however, I think it looks prettier from the road. Of course there is Shadrack's display at the campground up here (by Opryland); not sure if they are doing it again this year. Warning, it is pricey.

This is only our second year doing this and we have a measly little 32 channels; but I love them just the same.

Is anyone interested in doing a Mid-TN map we could cross promote?

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I'm a newbie too. already feeling the pressure.

Skelton - do NOT worry - your display is already 19 times better than the houses with no display at all! I have learned a lot from the members here - reading back through old posts. Some even share their shows and layouts for you to see how someone else did it, so you can tweak and use for your show.

Let us know where you are so we can show our support!

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WOW sounds like middle/west TN is the place to be!!!! Ah but I know I dont have Knoxville to myself. Quite a few LOR displays and the big shadrack display here in Sevierville!! Hope to get to see dollywood this year and what the city of Sevierville has in its plans. They are setting up for their "turn on the lights" deal thay have soon. Might get to go to that too!! Lots going on!!!!

Jim

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Hey everyone! Just joined the forum yesterday. I am in middle tennessee in the Nolensville area. I don't have a controller and 200 channels..... maybe next year :ph34r: ! My neighbor has a great display, not sure how many channels. I just picked up a bunch of blow molds to add to the display this year. Hopefully will have a flying Santa Sleigh and Reindeer up this week :) . Glad to see some Locals on here!

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Hello All From Elizabethton, Wife and I have been busy setting up this year and not on alot, this year we we hit the 464 channel count, most of that is with the polls. Have 24 polls with 7 sections each this year also 12 arches. If anyone is in and around the Elizabethon area please stop in and see us, 708 Holston Ave., Elizabethton, TN. 423-957-4847. The coffee is always on and the wife keeps a pan of nut roll's cooked. Thanks roger and mary

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Did anyone in the East Tennessee area see the Deal Chicken deal of the day yesterday? it was 1/2 off Shadrack's @ Smokies Baseball park. $10 for the deal, normally $20 per vehicle.

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I was so grossly disappointed in Shadracks. We went last year, and again this year...SAME SHOW this year!!!! Same sequences!!! Most of us hobbists redo our sequences or bring new songs to the table every year...and we do it for free!!! For 25 bucks, at least change the songs!!!!

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