INDIAN TRAIL – Pete Kimbell and his wife, Sherri, started the Garden Oak Holiday Lights show in 2012 at their home to bring the community together while supporting a cause. Several hundred cars came to see the show that year.
Now in its fourth year, the show is expected to attract more than 1,000 cars and plans to be bigger and better than ever.
“This year, we’re going to be using volunteers on the busiest nights to help (direct traffic),” Pete Kimbell said. “… We want those coming to enjoy the season, to enjoy the display this year.”
The show will feature more than 15,000 red, green and blue (RGB) LED lights – 10 times what was featured in 2012 – and thousands of additional traditional lights. The lights sync to music, which plays on 94.5 FM.
Christmas comes early each year for Kimbells, who start hanging the lights as early as September. Kimbell said it’s worth the hard work to bring holiday cheer to the community. But that’s not all he accomplishes through the show – visitors each year are asked to consider donating to the National Foundation for Cancer Research.
Kimbell has a personal connection with the foundation. His 81-year-old mother is a four-year pancreatic cancer survivor. The disease has one of the lowest survival rates among all cancers, and Kimbell attributes his mother’s health to the success of her treatments, which the foundation had a hand in developing, he said.
“It all has to do with the medication that she’s on; the National Foundation for Cancer Research contributed to the development of those medications,” Kimbell said.
The Garden Oak Holiday Lights show has raised more than $4,500 for the foundation since its inception – more than $2,700 of which was raised last year.
Kimbell isn’t setting a goal this year – he simply believes once people visit and enjoy the show, the money will start coming in.
“If we can make what we (raised) last year, that is great,” he said. “I know the money is going to come in.”