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Storybook Lane returns to Forest Grove for holidays

COURTESY PHOTO - The every-other-year mechanized holiday display known as Storybook Lane returns to Forest Grove Dec. 15 at 4288 S.W. Bantam Ave.Nearly 80 years ago, a Forest Grove timber man named William McCready sought out a way to bring the spirit of Christmas to the surrounding community. He found it in the form of McCready’s Fairyland, a collection of mechanical storybook characters for all to see.

The display, now called Storybook Lane, is set up every other year. This holiday season, as in 2013, storybook characters are leaping to life from their pages to help Forest Grove residents ring in holiday cheer.

In the late 1970s McCready's holiday legacy changed hands as Sue Marshall and her family began hauling out the lights and character displays — which include the likes of Snow White, the Three Little Pigs, all 101 Dalmatians and elves from Santa’s workshop — on their own property right after Thanksgiving. Marge O’Rear, Marshall’s mother, is behind most of the painted wooden character cutouts. With a modern twist, each display even has its own music and sound effects to go with the stories.

Although it takes the family several weekends and a ton of work to bring everything together, Storybook Lane follows the same philosophy of McCready’s Fairyland — a family affair that's free for the community.

Storybook Lane returns to Forest Grove Dec. 15 and will run through Christmas Day. It's open every day of the week from 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the family’s property at 4288 S.W. Bantam Ave.