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Vogel said Clifton is a small town that doesn’t have many other attractions to prompt people to visit.
“It’s impressive, too, because that town is only about 150 people I think. If you blink, you’d miss it. People go down there for hiking and camping. There’s no stores or shopping, but only one restaurant and that’s at the mill.”
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This is co-owner Anthony Satariano’s 30th year. He started out with 100,000 lights, and this year’s attraction involved 4 million bulbs. Vogel says that’s what impressed him.
“For the community to pull it off ... it’s not a local show, it’s a national show. Of course I’m proud,” he said. “I think as a whole, Ohio won. I think it’s going to inspire a lot of people who may haven’t known about it. They’re gonna think, ‘now we gotta check that out.’ It could bring people from other states. I just thought it was fantastic. They won, that to me is news.”