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Ken's Tacky Christmas Tour 2009
Friday, 2009 December 18 - 8:30 pm
You may remember Tacky Christmas Tour 2005, where I took you on a wondrous journey of North Carolina Christmas decorating. I have some new treats for you, after the jump...

There's a place a ways down I-40, just east of Benson, where they annually put on a giant light show. Actually I think it stays up year-round. You ride around in a little "train" (actually some trolley cars attached to a tractor or something) and take in the sights. It's quite a spectacle. Here's just a small fraction of the hundreds of displays they had.

Singing Bear

There's nothing that says "Christmas" quite like a giant singing bear.

Toy Clown Monster

Wait, I was mistaken. Even more representative of Christmas is the Toy Clown Monster who has come to eat your children. RRARRRHHH.

NASCAR are winners

It wouldn't be North Carolina if NASCAR wasn't included, and hey! WE ARE WINNERS! Of course it's not hard to be a winner when you're racing against an antique jalopy.

Animated cannon

This is more traditional, I suppose... it's the Christmas tradition of unleashing fiery cannonballs at your enemies.

Animated tennis

But hey. It's Christmas. We should put away our mechanisms of war, and settle our differences over a game of Christmas tennis. While wearing fur hats and pointy shoes.

This whole display sits behind an old country store, where they sell all kinds of old-fashioned candy and chocolate-coated nuts. They also have a collection of old signs like this one:

Why beat it by hand?

Why indeed? It seems like even in the 1920s, they were imagining the many possibilities technology could bring.

On our way back from this Christmas wonderland, we drove by a little house in Benson, which was entirely covered in Christmas decorations:

Christmas in Benson 1

Christmas in Benson 2

Makes you wonder where he stores all this stuff during the off-season.

Merry Christmas, everyone.

Foster Christmas
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Comment #1 from Elizabeth (Guest)
2009 Dec 20 - 10:21 pm : #
That is the unhappiest cat ever.

Perhaps he has no option but to beat it by hand?

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