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Crooks Residents Voice Mixed Opinions on Moving Christmas Display



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For the past four years, this synchronized light display lit up Kelsey Circle in the town of Crooks.
But now the only decorations you'll see are on the house next door, the only thing you'll hear is the blowing wind, and there are no more out-of-town visitors. Those are all changes the neighbors are easily getting used to.

Many of the neighbors say they enjoyed the light show the first two years it was here at the end of their Cul-de-sac, but after that, it simply outgrew the neighborhood.

"Sometimes they'd wait in line for fifteen, twenty, thirty minutes because they liked to watch the different displays more than once, so the traffic didn't move that fast," said Shirley Ginger.

Ginger works at the Pump n' Stuff that's on the way to Kelsey Circle. She says no more Crooks Christmas means no more new customers, which is why the station's business could slow down this December.

"I think it will.  We used to have just a lot of people walk in and get pop, hot chocolate or cigarettes -- just something to do while they're waiting in line," said Ginger.

The lights and music now play inside the Western Mall in Sioux Falls and it's already drawing crowds, something it's new retail neighbors don't mind at all.

"It definitely can't hurt.  We are a specialty store so a lot of people find us, but there are a lot of people that don't necessarily know we exist, so it can't hurt to have extra foot traffic," said WorldWide Skate & Snow Shop owner Rachel Christopher.

The shop even has a few more products thanks to the creator of the display Joe Noe.

"He had suggested, 'You might want a few snacks, you might want to have a few different things for people,' so we have a little snack shack," said Christopher.

No matter where it sits, it seems this show will remain a crowd-pleaser.

The Western Mall Christmas will show every night until New Year's Day, from 5:30 until 9:30. There is no admission price, but donations for the Make-A-Wish Foundation are welcome.
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