by Nicole Brodzik
It only took one year for Ryan Kasper-Cook and his husband Trent’s holiday light display, Trista Lights, to garner national attention. The Minnetrista couple moved to a new home last year and after watching ABC’s ‘The Great Christmas Light Fight’, Ryan Kasper-Cook said he wanted to try and create a light display like the ones featured on the show. He didn’t realize his display would be on it a year later.
“IT was amazing,” he said. “It was a huge honor to be recognized nationally like that.”
While he didn’t win, Kasper-Cook said he and his husband had fun working with the show and hope to continue their light display for the forseeable future.
“We’ve met a lot of great friends in the area that are doing the same thing,” he said. “We’d love to keep doing it for our neighborhood.”
The only issue Kasper-Cook said he sees in continuing the light show is traffic that builds up when people stop to view the show. Out of respect for neighbors, Kasper-Cook said he would have to turn the lights off if things back up too far as asks that visitors be respectful when coming to see the display.
“It’s something we wanted to start for our neighbors,” Kasper-Cook said. “We really wanted to create a tradition for the whole neighborhood. We wouldn’t do this unless our neighbors were 100 percent on board with it. We want to keep doing it and for everyone to get a chance to see the lights, but not at the cost of frustrating out neighbors.”
Kasper-Cook said he’s always wanted to work as a lighting and engineer, and has a passion for lighting, music and technology. It took him and his husband over 150 hours to program and build the display before they put the lights up on their house.
“The way the technology works, you program everything before you put it on the house,” Kasper-Cook said. “So it’s really only two or three days to put everything up. The time consuming part comes before that.”
Camera crews came out to start filming in the middle of September and wrapped up filming in October.
“It’s been Christmas here since September,” Kasper-Cook said. “We’re ready for January.”
The couple gathered friends and neighbors to be a part of the show with them, in hopes of earning the $50,000 to start a family.
“We’ve always wanted to start our own family,” Kasper-Cook said. “It’s going to be expensive for us, so it’ll happen. It’s just something we’re going to have to save up for a couple years.”
For more information on Trista Lights, visit http://www.tristalights.com/Trista_Lights.html