Each October, the employees of Orrion Farms (a world-renowned Arabian Horse Breeding Farm owned by Dolly Orr located in Ellensburg, Washington) begin the arduous task of stringing up over 150,000 Christmas lights for the holiday season; a labor intensive ritual that dates back to 1999. From that year to this, the day following Thanksgiving brings the “Orrion Lights” to life, a popular attraction in central Washington that can be seen from miles away.
“We have shared the lights with young school kids, Central Washington University students, and residents of retirement homes,” says owner Dolly Orr. “We love having the opportunity to spread cheer to both the local community and beyond.”
Unbeknownst to most of the parade of admirers, however, is that the outdoor light show may be trumped by the indoor decorations within the Sales Center Arena and Main Residence. Everywhere you look the spirit of the holidays is on display. From the 20-foot Christmas tree in the Sales Center to the trio of Black trees trimmed with Crystal and Silver in the main house:
In today’s fast-paced and technological world, it’s a pleasure to know that there are people willing to go the extra mile to make something as beautiful as the “Orrion Lights” happen.
Over the weekend, Realogics Sotheby’s International Realty Broker Brad Vancour brought his family and a few close friends to a private holiday gathering at the property. “Although it was a little foggy and snowing when we exited off I-90 in Thorp, we could see the twinkling lights of Orrion Farm 7 miles to the South,” said Brad Vancour. “It was a truly spectacular sight.”
The evening began with a private horse show of the farm’s top Arabian Horses (with lineage to National Champions), festive drinks and a sit-down dinner party.
Following dinner, guests swam in the indoor pool and used the spa before indulging in a late-night showing of a locally produced film in the movie theatre room. The following morning began with a fabulous breakfast prepared by Dolly complete with her famous beef hash potato mix and eggs. The end to the perfect weekend? The 38 to 7 Seattle Seahawks victory over the Minnesota Vikings, enjoyed in truly unparalleled fashion at Orrion Farms.