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Fox Valley Editor's Choice: 197 Wrenwood Circle, Elgin

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  • Ken Buckman and his son Sam with their holiday lights display at 197 Wrenwood Circle in Elgin. The Buckmans won the Editor's Choice award for the Fox Valley in the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest.

       Ken Buckman and his son Sam with their holiday lights display at 197 Wrenwood Circle in Elgin. The Buckmans won the Editor's Choice award for the Fox Valley in the Daily Herald's holiday lights contest.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

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Daily Herald report

An interview with Ken Buckman of Elgin.

Q: How long have you been decorating your house like this?

A: Every year we've lived here. This is the seventh year.

Q: What inspired you to go all out with your decorations?

A: I've always liked white lights. I've always liked wreaths. I like the classy look. There are no colored lights in there.

Q: How many hours does it take to put up the display?

A: It gets longer every year. This year my son Sam helped me for the first time. It took all weekend -- an intense, long weekend.

Q: How many strings of lights are involved?

A: I have about 10,000 lights.

Q: How much does your electric bill spike in December?

A: I don't really watch it because it's always out of control. I have four kids, and it's always high.

Q: What do your neighbors think of your display?

A: They love it.

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