You may have seen the Schmidt’s Christmas display on the south end of Mesquite Street with its 102 Dalmations display (yes, there are 102 dalmations), but there’s another display on a route much less traveled.
Clifford Baird, who lives a few miles out McCall Creek Road from US Highway 281, has been stringing bulbs here, there, and everywhere in his yard for the last 8 to 10 years.
“It started out small, with lights on a flagpole,” Clifford recounts, “and it graduated out from there.” The display is a little different every year, he explains, with adding a little here and subtracting a little there.
Now 78 (turning 79 in February), Clifford puts up every string himself, only needing help with the big tree in the center.
“The hard part is taking it down,” he says. “It takes 4 days to take all the extension cords up.” But why do it? “It’s fun. I enjoy when people look up here.”
Clifford’s lights are on from 7pm to 8pm (in dry weather) at 3306 McCall Creek Road. With Christmas approaching, he’ll leave them on for another hour.
The best way to see them, he says, is to look for the lights on your left, turn left onto Lonesome Loop and head up the hill. After you’ve driven by, turn around, and come back down the hill to see the them again.
Next year may be the final year for the display, Clifford says, and he’s planning to go out in a blaze of glory.