A suburban Chicago man known for decking his Tinley Park home with intricate designs is taking his over-the-top Christmas lights display to network television.
Dominic Kowalczyk is one of 20 homeowners from around the country chosen for ABC's "The Great Christmas Light Fight" show, which debuted last week. Kowalczyk, 30, told ABC Chicago it took him, his girlfriend and a group of friends about 300 hours to erect the display which comprises 100,000 lights and more than a mile of extension cords.
"It be great to win, but I don't even care if I do," Kowalczyk told the Tribune last month. "It's about decorating, having a good time, (and) having my friends and family all together."
If Kowalczyk does win the $50,000 in prize money, the cash would likely go toward his electric bill; he tells ABC the bill goes up "about $1,600 during the season." In addition, Kowalczyk told the Sun-Times he even had an additional electric line installed to handle the dazzling display.
Kowalczyk apparently has better neighbors than Clark Griswold -- he says neighbors have been nothing but supportive of his over-the-top display. Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki also praised Kowalczyk's efforts saying "I think it's great for the community."
On Monday, another Illinois family, Brian and Angela Larsen of Elburn, took home the top prize for the show's Dec. 16 episode.
The segment featuring Kowalczyks' home airs Dec. 23 on ABC.