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Fargo Road Lights

By Kyle Schwab

The DiSalvos have been bringing Christmastime merriment to children and adults alike for three quarters of a score, and counting. The Fargo Road Lights are a staple on the holiday itinerary of many for miles around. Over a mile of underground cabling and hundreds of heavy-duty extension cords come together to power a plethora of recognizable characters from every holiday book and jingle imaginable. Not to mention, a million multicolored lights dot the landscape in every direction.

We are reminded by such communal generosity – that there may be no greater gift to our little ones than all those many moments we can go out and find with them, that instill a snowballing sense of wonder, splendor, and amazement in their eyes with the world around them. There is comfort in the knowledge that kindness can be genuine and compassion abundant. It's not far – in this case, it's down the road, and over the hill.

As always, Jim, Connie, and Annabella encourage you to come and explore. You are more than free to get out of your car and roam around. And this Christmas weekend, maybe – just maybe – we'll even get a bit of snow to go with all those pretty lights.

Top Photo: Jim, Connie, and Annabella DiSalvo in front of their home on Fargo Road.

Visitors are warmly encouraged to get out of their cars to really take it all in.

Destin Danser

Howard, could you post a larger version of that panorama somewhere? In a slideshow, or on your vufindr or something? It looks like a great photo but it's hard to make out at 400px lol

Dec 19, 2012, 9:27pm Permalink
Kyle Schwab

Hi Destin,

I added click-throughs on the images... and with one further click-through it'll open a slightly larger version. Bringing a pano down from almost 30K pixels to about 400 on the long edge is rough, especially as it tends to leave the image only 19 pixels tall.

: )

Dec 19, 2012, 11:04pm Permalink
scott williams

I wish to Thank the DiSalvo's for their entertainment and for giving us that Christmas spirit every year. A great tradition you have created for many families mine included. Thank You.

Dec 20, 2012, 9:42am Permalink
Jason Crater

We drove out there a couple of weeks ago. I'm grateful there are people willing to do this for others, asking nothing in return. I feel weird about getting out of the car though.

Dec 20, 2012, 10:11am Permalink
Kurt Schwab

It was a great pleasure to meet the DiSalvo's and share a coffee and a cookie (or two...oh, ok...three). It was also an honor to act as a living light stand for a talented young photographer. (...a shameless plug...)
Thanks to both, and Merry Christmas to all.

Dec 20, 2012, 10:12am Permalink
Phil Ricci

My kids (and I) absolutely love this! The past two years we have gone on the tours with our girl scout troop, and have been delighted by all of the hard work they do!

Thank you so much for your kindness and amazing holiday spirit!

Dec 20, 2012, 11:17am Permalink
Brian Brinkman

My wife and kids enjoy going out to the DiSalvo's. We have also gone out with our Cub Scouts. It is awesome that they do this every year, it has become a tradition for us. We are going out again this weekend, hopefully with snow on the ground to get the full effect. Thank you and have a Merry Christmas!!!

Dec 20, 2012, 2:43pm Permalink
John Woodworth JR

Destin you need to go see it in person. Pictures are not as good as in person. I have taken my kids every year for the past 10. The only thing that can make it better is Snow. When it snows it brings out the lights ten fold.

Dec 20, 2012, 7:16pm Permalink
Bev Walthew

The lights are indeed pretty and nice to look at. However, they are causing traffic hazards. It is impossible to get down Fargo Rd after 4:30 in the afternoon. It's only a matter of time before someone gets hurt or killed, then he will be sued for creating a public nuisance. He needs to create a parking area and have people pull in. With the ditch, there is not enough room to get the cars off the road. There then should be no Stopping or Standing Signs put up. People need to realize not everyone has the time to spend 20 minutes to go a mile every day on their way to and from work. Also, just a note, the white lights on the row of trees are so bright, it makes it very hard to see the rest of the displays.

Dec 21, 2012, 6:25am Permalink

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