Electricians overseeing Plaza lights are targeted on the job at hand

In just over a week, we’re counting on the traditional start of the holiday season here in Kansas City with the Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony. For well over a decade, master electrician Matt Deardorff has been one of the few electricians who are familiar with monitoring the plaza lights, maintaining and hanging up the actual lightbulbs. It’s a job he takes seriously. “So all the stringers go in exactly the same place. Every lightbulb spins the same way. Everything is made exactly the same every year,” he said. What started as a single string of lights 95 years ago has grown to 80 miles of multi-colored lights that adorn the plaza buildings. To date, no computers are involved. This is hard-wired traditional lighting. “That’s about all I think about for about three months. So it’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun,” said Deardorff. Deardorff knows how much the Thanksgiving tradition means to Kansas City. What goes through his head when the flip is toggled? “I’m a nervous wreck. There is nothing more relaxing than right after they all arrive,” he said.

In just over a week we’re counting down to the traditional start of the holiday season here in Kansas City with the Evergy Plaza Lighting Ceremony.

For well over a decade, master electrician Matt Deardorff has been one of the few electricians entrusted with monitoring the plaza lights, maintaining and hanging up the actual lightbulbs. It’s a job he takes seriously.

“So, all stringers go to exactly the same place. Every lightbulb spins the same way. Everything is done exactly the same every year,” he said.

What began as a single string of lights 95 years ago has grown to 80 miles of multi-colored lights that adorn the plaza buildings. To date, no computers are involved. This is hard-wired traditional lighting.

“That’s about all I think about for about three months. It’s a lot of work, but it’s also a lot of fun,” said Deardorff.

Deardorff knows how much the Thanksgiving tradition means to Kansas City. What goes through his head when the flip is switched on?

“I’m a nervous wreck. There is nothing more relaxing than right after they all arrive,” he said.

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