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Christmas comes to Coast Coliseum in July

It was Christmas in July for folks checking out the latest technology the lighting world has to offer. It was Christmas in July for folks checking out the latest technology the lighting world has to offer.
Hayden Richardson and Nick Hall say it's an expensive hobby, but it's definitely worth it. Hayden Richardson and Nick Hall say it's an expensive hobby, but it's definitely worth it.
Last year, a Pass Christian family was featured on the show for their large display of lights synchronized to music. Last year, a Pass Christian family was featured on the show for their large display of lights synchronized to music.
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

This weekend, the Coast Coliseum hosted a Christmas expo featuring some of the latest technology and lighting to help make your Christmas display the best on the block.

"We come here to look for new things to add to our display and to learn about decorations that are coming out this holiday season," said Nick Hall.

It was Christmas in July for folks checking out the latest technology the lighting world has to offer. Not only could people get great ideas for their displays, but they also had a chance to meet casting directors from ABC's the "Great Light Fight."

"There is no shortage of people out there who are spending time and money on their Christmas light displays, and it just seems like it's sort of spreading all over the country. For us, it seems like perfect timing that we're having this show on the air," said Brady Connell, who is the Executive Producer for the show.

Last year, a Pass Christian family was featured on the show for their large display of lights synchronized to music. Dan Baldwin, with Light O Rama, says synching your lights to music is growing more popular each year.

"We wanted to make it something that anybody could do, so we provide the products. Then people use their imaginations and create the light shows," said Baldwin.

The company doesn't actually sell their kits from the expo, but they meet many of their existing customers and talk with future customers about what they would need to get started.

"A basic system is a few hundred dollars and up to almost any amount of money," said Baldwin.

Hayden Richardson and Nick Hall say it's an expensive hobby, but it's definitely worth it.

"I have a three acre display in Madison off on Sundial Road. About 200 inflatables, wire frames, thousands of LED lights computerized," said Richardson.

Hall says his favorite part about it is seeing the kids and seeing their smiles when they watch the show.

The expo started on Thursday and wrapped up Saturday afternoon.

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