Tuned in to Christmas
Tremonton house is a crowd pleaser
If you happen to turn onto the Iowa String Road off of Tremonton’s Main Street and head south a few blocks, you may be lucky enough to see the home of Val and Connie Bennett, all decked out for Christmas. But if you are really lucky, your radio will be tuned to 90.5 FM and you can HEAR the Bennett’s lights as they literally dance to the rhythm of the holiday.
Yes, the 10,000 lights (give or take a bulb) that cover the Bennett yard, roof, garage and walkway are programmed to dance to a select handful of Christmas songs – and the outcome brings a steady stream of awe-lookers to the neighborhood each night to watch the show.
They are there to listen to Elvis croon a “Blue Christmas,” and watch as the lights all turn blue on cue – or marvel as the colored lights flicker and pulsate in time with Manheim Steamroller’s “Carol of the Bells.” It’s enough to make even a Grinch grin.
Actually Val once considered himself a Grinch when it came to decorating for the holidays. Admittedly he had to be cajoled into putting lights up each year. But after seeing a similar musical light show on television, Val decided, “If I’m going to have to do it, I might as well go all the way.” So with a lot of help from a computer software program, some online advice from fellow “festooners,” a little electronic know-how and a massive amount of extension cards, Val became a light show genius (the title an amazed drive-by visitor gave to him).
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