Allegany’s 25 Most Fascinating People in 2021: with Scott Pennington | Magazine Alléganie
You light up my life
Corriganville ‘Must Do’ Holiday Light Show
“People will say to me ‘you must really like Christmas’ and I do, but what I really like are the Christmas lights,” says Scott Pennington. The local transmission specialist is the creative genius behind the largest private residential light display in Corriganville – arguably the entire county.
At the end of 2018, Scott Pennington requested that his luminaries be considered in the ABC-TV program – the Great American Light Fight. Not only was he selected for the program in 2019, he won. A film crew came down to his house in 2019 and during the 2020 broadcast on Christmas Eve he was announced as the winner of a large Christmas light bulb trophy and a $ 50,000 cash prize. .
The display in its front yard now typically contains over 100 hand-painted and beloved holiday characters. He’s recreated Ebeneezer Scrooge in glorious black and white, the Peanuts Gang, Chevy Chase from Christmas Vacation, McCauley Caulkin from Home Alone, Elsa and Anna from Frozen and even Gizmo from Gremlins. And he hasn’t finished – oh no.
“People come up to me and tell me it reminds them of the big screens they went out and saw when they were kids,” he says. “I remember houses that put out millions of lights every year. I remember driving all the way to Midland and Frostburg to watch the light show. And that was my goal. To have a display as I remember. To do something special.
Steve – the owner of Pennington Transmission (his day job) bought his house in 2009. He was online for a year researching what he could do for a vacation display when he stumbled across a website which announced software in which the user could program and design their own light show – from the simplest to the most ambitious.
“My freshman year was 2013. And that first year, I was working there 24 hours a day. This first year, I worked all day doing it,” said high school graduate Beall in 1992.
And what do his neighbors think of the flickering, flickering lights and the animation sung from the porch?
“They love it,” Scott says. “I was very lucky to have neighbors who like it. The only neighbor in front of my house? It’s his lot across the street where people park to watch him. They were really cool about it. I want my neighbors to be happy.
Editor’s Note: Due to an injury he sustained, Scott Pennington did not produce his impressive neighborhood light show this year. We hope this setback is only temporary and we wish him a speedy recovery and a very bright comeback in 2022.
Meet this year’s 25 most fascinating people in the December 2021 edition of Allegany magazine – available now!