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Overly's Fun Facts

Lights and 'Lectric

  • DSC_0620.JPGFor years, white lights were the signature of Overly's Country Christmas®.  Colored lights were used sparingly, for accent only. In 2013, LEDs were introduced and the use of more colored lights could be seen throughout Christmas Village.  Each year since, 8 -13 new LED displays are added, designed by Overly's and fabricated locally from steel melted and manufactured in the USA.
  •  The average home uses 11,000 kilowatt hours per year.  During Overly’s operating season, the Walkway Castle and Canopy of Lights, before the conversion to LEDs in 2018,  could light 21 homes for a year.   Henny Hemlock, the Talking Christmas Tree, could light 15 homes for a year.  Overall, the display draws enough electricity to light a small community of homes with every single light and electrical appliance turned on at the same time.
  • The electricity used during our season could turn on 150,000 100 watt light bulbs – all at the same time.
  • Christmas Village and the light display features roughly 1 million+ lights.  If all the strands of lights were put end-to-end, it would stretch to Mars!  (That’s Mars, PA).
  • Over 4 miles of audio cable are put down each year to connect all the speakers to a central sound system.

 Vounteers

  • Jody and Adam.jpg It takes up to 45 volunteers on some nights to run the display and Christmas Village.
  • Overly’s Country Christmas® has more than 300 volunteers committed throughout the year to carry on the tradition Harry Overly created more than half a century ago. 

 Displays 

  • Snowman Vertical.jpg Every display viewed at Overly’s Country Christmas® is conceived, designed and constructed on site, usually by volunteers.  Art clubs, school groups and individuals contribute their ideas and talent each year.
  • 7,595 feet (that's over 1.5 miles) of fencing guide visitors through the lights and around Christmas Village.  This fence, which is one of the simplest displays at Overly’s Country Christmas®, is the most time consuming to erect.  The fence was rebuilt in 2011 by volunteers from the Plumbers and Pipefitters Union, Local 354 and has more than 16,000 LED lights.
  • 65 bows and swags surround the display.  These bows were initially built by the students at the Central Westmoreland Vo-Tech School and are illuminated with 6,600 C7 bulbs.
  • The gigantic snowman was designed and fabricated in 2014 by the American Welders Society Student Chapter at the Westmoreland County Community College Technology Center.  It is 21.5 feet high and weighs 1,100 pounds.  The students completed their Snowman Project concept in 2015 with the creation of the Snowman Family, two additional gigantic metal sculptures -- Mrs. Snowman and Junior.  2016, the students designed and fabricated, the Overly's Express which was showcased at various events throughout Westmoreland County during the summer.  This unique collaboration continues with plans to expand the metal sculpture garden in 2019.
  • Galliker's Milking Parlor.  One of our favorites.  Each year Galliker’s Dairy transforms the Westmoreland Fair’s milking barn into a magical place.  Look closely -- sometimes, the lights get mystically changed where the lighted “milk” flows into the cows rather than in to the milk jug.

In Christmas Village

  • Ditto.jpg For 22 years, Ditto, a highly opinionated donkey, was the star of the Overly’s Country Christmas® manger.  Sadly, February 2018, Ditto died.   The community, knowing we had lost our beloved Ditto, called to tell us of a shy little donkey who had been left behind when his owners moved to Florida.  Without hesitation, we hooked into a livestock trailer and went to rescue Edgar.  We hope you will welcome Edgar and love him as much as we do in Edgar from FB.jpghis role to carry on Ditto's legacy and the role of the donkey at the manger.

 

 

 

  • Each night, a cord or more of wood is burnt at our fire.  Our bonfire serves as the heart of our Christmas Village and is a gathering place of friends and family to sip hot chocolate or roast marshmallows, sing along with the Christmas carols and reminisce of Christmas’ past.  A cord of wood is a stack 8’ x 4’ x 4’.