Beaver County Christmas Fair Vandalized Again, Causes Hundreds of Dollars in Damage

A popular holiday exhibit in Beaver County was vandalized for the second time this week.

“Be a man. That’s childish,” Emmett Santillo said.

Santillo has been putting on a giant light display since 1994 and features more than 200,000 lights and 400 decorations. He says on Wednesday, in the haze of night, someone came into his garden and cut the wires from several displays.

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“People are starting to get upset now, and it’s not about me, it’s about this person for what they’re doing,” Santillo said.

Santillo, who is also the North Sewickley community leader, says the damage caused earlier in the week is estimated at over $1,000. He estimates the damage incurred on Wednesday at several hundred dollars.

“I am thrilled to know that this individual will eventually be caught and prosecuted, and whatever legal means are required, I will see to it that they do so,” Santillo said.

The light show will benefit the Beaver County Women’s Center, which officially opens to the public on Friday and usually attracts nearly 50 cars a day.

Annually, Santillo raises nearly $3,500 for the center. He has already raised $8,500 this year as a result of the vandalism that made headlines.

Santillo, affectionately known as Clark Griswold, tells Channel 11 he has a message for what he calls the Grinch.

“I hope you have a nice Thanksgiving. I wish you more than what you did to me.”

The light display will officially turn on at 6pm on Friday and will run until January 7th. Due to recent property damage, the public is barred from entering his yard, but seeing the display from the roadway is welcome, Santillo says.

According to the North Sewickley Police Department, they are taking action to locate, identify and prosecute the person(s) responsible for causing the damage. Anyone with information is asked to contact the North Sewickley Police Department at (724) 843-8118.

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