Crestview man’s neighborhood Halloween pirate show returns

Published: Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at 06:22 PM.

Medlock said he has had 60 people stop by to see his show, and expects to see more this year.

"People (who) have seen it last year said that they plan to bring their friends to the show next year," he said.

Medlock’s experience with sea vessels extends well beyond his Halloween tradition — he served in the U.S. Navy as an electrician on submarines. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1971. Medlock and Donna, his wife of 41 years, moved to Crestview three years ago from Illinois.

"You can take a sailor out of the water, but you can never take water out of a sailor," Medlock said.

He drew from his military experience to create a homemade cannon that fires off ping-pong balls and baby powder, an addition to this year’s festivities. He used cardboard and a washing machine water valve for the project.

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