Local family’s holiday lights display wins them $50,000

GLEN ALLEN, Va. (WRIC) — A local Glen Allen family won $50,000 on the show “The Great American Light Fight,” which aired on ABC.

Al and Esther Thompson’s home on Wendhurst Drive is covered with more than 170 thousand lights that took 578 hours to set up.

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The Thompsons can’t believe they won money for doing something that they have been doing for years.

“Not in a thousand years. I always look at ourself as the house on Wendurst Drive, you know, I make my decorations out of plyboard during the summer and how am I going to compete against these big mega decorators that have the computerized shows and so on,” Al Thompson said. “All homemade, a lot of interactive, all that kind of thing played a part, so we were quite surprised.”

Al says they plan on giving some of the earnings to their church and Esther says she wants to take a trip to Israel.

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