Grayson County’s head elf said the storms that blew through the area Saturday night took the shine off more than a few of the lighted displays used as part of Holiday Lights at Loy Park.


Jeff Schneider, who works as the county purchasing agent for most of the year but takes on the responsibilities for running Holiday Lights during the season, said the storms twisted and turned the county’s biggest display, the deer barn, into three piles of twisted metal.


Luckily the damage was repairable, Schneider said. The largest amount of damage was done, he said, to the kickstands on the displays. He said county maintenance crews, the specialty crew that was hired to put the displays up this year, and precinct barn crew members all worked to weld new kickstands on the broken displays.


Thanks to that huge effort by everyone involved, Schneider said, the event is back on track to open the Friday after Thanksgiving at 5:30 p.m. The display will then run from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each night through New Year’s Eve. He thanked the commissioners who were able to send their staffers to work on the displays on short notice.