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John Deere Pond lighting tradition continues in Washington

Friday, December 23, 2011

The two brothers were initially inspired by their love for John Deere farm equipment.
The two brothers were initially inspired by their love for John Deere farm equipment.

For the 16th straight year, brothers William and Harold Mann have strung more than 1,200 feet of Christmas lights around the now-iconic John Deere pond in Vashon, Washington, according to the Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber.

The news source reported that the two brothers were initially inspired by their love for John Deere farm equipment, but now set up the lights due to the tremendous amount of support and praise that they have received.

"People really enjoy it. It’s so pretty," William's son-in-law told the Beachcomber. He also noted that LED lights were installed recently. "It’s a lot brighter now. And it uses about a third of the electricity."

The brothers brought the national spotlight to the pond following several incidents with news helicopters broadcasting footage of their display, and the attention eventually came from the John Deere company, according to the news source.

A news crew even got its van stuck in the pond, according to the news source.

"We had to bring a John Deere tractor to pull it out," Harold said.

The pond is featured on the town's website, as visitors that travel to the Washington area make sure to stop by the iconic display. 

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