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Workers Dismantle Prairie Lights

Grand Prairie city employees tear down holiday display's more than 4 million lights

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    More than a dozen workers spent Tuesday taking down the more than 4 million lights that make up the Prairie Lights display in Grand Prairie's Lynn Creek Park. (Published Tuesday, Jan 8, 2013)

    City workers are taking down the more than 4 million lights that made up the biggest Prairie Lights holiday display to date.

    Up to 18 workers spent Tuesday morning disassembling displays in the rain at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.

    "There's some things we can't do when it starts raining harder," Prairie Lights assistant manager Dan Conoley said. "We've been lucky today -- it's only sprinkled -- so if it rains a little harder tomorrow like they're saying then, it'll be some slogging around in some mud."

    Josh Barnett, the owner of Lightasmic who has been making the light displays for years, supervised as workers put away the pieces.

    "A lot of them are panels that are 20-foot-by-8-foot panels, so they can be kind of flimsy," he said. "It's real easy to bend them, so we have to be really careful that we stack them in as tight as we can."

    Conoley said it takes about two and a half weeks to tear down, with about 900 panels needing to be stored in a handful of pods.

    "This is a herculean effort out here every year, and we're very proud of all the guys and how much hard work they put into making this happen and giving everybody a wonderful family experience during the holidays to come out to," he said.

    Conoley said more than 150,000 people saw the lights this holiday season -- 40,000 more compared to the previous year.