CLIFTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) - The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill are in the running to win $50,000.
On Monday night, the ABC TV show, The Great Christmas Light Fight, will feature the most spectacular Christmas lights displays in America, and Clifton Mill is one of them.
“We had submitted our video several different times and it was always for houses,” general manager Jessica Noes said. “So they finally found a way to put businesses on it and they called it the ‘heavyweight edition.’”
Owner Anthony Satariano was just 25 years old when his parents bought the Mill. 31 years later and The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill are his pride and joy.
“I feel like the caretaker of [my father’s] dream,” Satariano said. “People asked me, when he passed away, ‘What’s going to happen? Please don’t let it go away.’ And I said, ‘Don’t worry. We’re gonna keep doing it,’ and here we are.”
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill has been around a while, but it continues to get bigger and better.
“It never gets old,” Noes said. “It’s like a whole new day every time I see the lights come on. And I can always find something new.”
The Satariano started out with 100,000 lights and now they’re up to four million.
“We’re constantly adding and fixing and tweaking things and getting it just right so that people can enjoy it,” Satariano said.
The Legendary Lights of Clifton Mill has something every generation will enjoy.
“We not only have four million lights, but we have the covered bridge light show, we have the antique Santa collection with over 3,000 Santas, we have a live Santa working in his workshop making toys for all the kids, and my favorite is the animated miniature village,” Noes said.
The Legendary Lights are also in the running to win Best Public Holiday Lights Display for USA Today.
“It’s just really neat to be acknowledged and it’s quite a compliment to see my father’s dream and this is what it’s come to now,” Saratiano said. “All that recognition and all the enjoyment that people get actually means a lot to us.”
And if he wins the $50,000?
“I would definitely donate part of it and knowing me, gonna buy more Christmas lights.”
The show airs Monday night on ABC from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m.