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Carthage lights display seeing decrease in visitors

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CARTHAGE, MISSOURI -

A light show in Carthage has attracted visitors during the Christmas season for years.  However, the numbers have dropped, and one neighbor says he knows why.

Church officials say the $30,000 electric bill for the Christmas light show at the Congregation of the Mother Co-Redemptrix is worth it.

Paul Schnelle and his wife live across the street from the congregation and have noticed the number of cars and lights have diminished.

"One of their supervisors said that they have a lot less boys there and they've cut back, but this year we've observed that the quality is there but the quantity is not there on some days," Schnelle says.

"Many of them have to go to school in other states or here in Missouri but we are talking about the number of students is increasing so the number of people staying here to do work is decreasing," says Phillip Do, secretary.

"There are less people coming because many of us say we've seen it many times, we don't make the trip again," says Schnelle.

Even though the Schnelle's live by the display, they make sure to go through it at least once a year.

"If people haven't seen it, it's something worth coming to," says Schnelle.

You can see the light show in Carthage Thursday's through Sunday's from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

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