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ALL IN
THE
FAMILY

WOWS AND DONATIONS
FROM

'FANTASTIC' CHRISTMAS SHOWS
The Glovers dazzle drive-through visitors with their annual Christmas Wonderlands.

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By NANCY HENDERSON | Photos courtesy of SHADRACK PRODUCTIONS

he images from her childhood
will forever be stamped in Mikki
Glover Hale's memory: dancing
to classic Christmas tunes in the
living room, begging her mom
Brenda to let her decorate before
Halloween, singing carols with
her extended family. But her favorite,
she says, was the night she saw Santa fly
through the sky.
"It was spectacular," says Hale, 37, marketing director and co-owner of Shadrack
Productions. "I actually remember the
window that my cousin and I convinced
ourselves that we saw him."
That magical encounter, along with
the yuletide passion Hale shares with her

dad Keith Glover and brother Josh, would
eventually compel the trio to create the
first Shadrack's Christmas Wonderland,
an over-the-top drive-through light show
in their hometown of Bristol, Tennessee.
The seed was planted in 1997 when
Glover, a longtime high school principal,
launched a successful water sports business and named it Shadrack after the musical band he'd played in as a young man.
Over the next decade, the company expanded to multiple locations, began selling boats and RVs, and opened a NASCAR
campground at their headquarters, with
Hale and her sibling working full-time
with their father. But Shadrack was a seasonal company, and they needed a way

FROM LEFT TO RIGHT: Keith Glover, Mikki Glover Hale and Josh Glover. Collectively, they
may well be the first family of outdoor Christmas displays.

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to keep their growing cadre of employees
busy during the cold-weather down time.
Glover and his children were fascinated by a television commercial that synchronized upbeat music with the changing videos. "We're rather a creative bunch,
so we decided to start building light displays," says Hale.
They tracked down two companies
that could supply the equipment they
needed and hired one of them. Shadrack's
Christmas Wonderland debuted at the
Bristol campground in 2007.
"We were the first show of its kind that
was that large," Hale says. "The challenge
of that is what drove us that first year. And
people loved it. At that point, we realized
that we really wanted to make it larger.
... We actually set a goal of making this
our primary focus and backing out of the
boats and RVs."
The Glovers now focus on Christmas


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