CHESTER – With a population of just over 230, the small town of Chester, Nebraska shines a little brighter at night this time of year. This Saturday Santa flipped the switch to a remarkable lights display on the old Thayer Central Middle School. The Annual Celebration of Lights featured the debut of this year’s light show, a soup supper, local entertainment, pictures with Santa, and the movie It’s a Wonderful Life.
Art Whitton, Vice Chairman of the Chester Community Club estimates that about 130 people attended the evening’s events. Years ago, Whitton along with his business partner Cindy Chinn bought the old school and moved to Nebraska from Las Vegas. The Christmas light show has quickly become a Christmas tradition that brings people from miles around to see.
The display features over 30,000 LED Christmas lights, 4,000 plus feet of wire, 510 computer controlled channels, a FM audio transmitter, computer and Cindy Chinn, the visionary artist who Whitton calls the mastermind behind the project.
“Cindy Chinn is the mastermind – I just run wires and plug stuff in! ”
If you want to see the spectacular show, this year’s production features a one hour program that runs continuously from 6pm until 10pm each night thru January 1st. People are encouraged to park in front of the school and tune their radios in to the synchronized Christmas music on 90.7 FM.
Chester Nebraska sits right on the Nebraska/Kansas border where Highways 81and 8 meet.