CLINTON – Do you think you have the best Christmas light display in the city this holiday season? The Kiwanis Club of Clinton might be the judge of that.
This weekend, club members will be traveling around Clinton, taking a look at several entries in their annual Christmas light contest. Registration ended Dec. 1, and now, entrants are awaiting their chance to take Christmas lighting supremacy.
Club member and Clinton Community College Assistant to the President Ann Eisenman said the contest each year sees anywhere from six to 12 entries vying for the crown in a variety of categories. The contest, which was revived a few years ago, is just another fun way to get the Gateway area in the holiday spirit.
"We just invite people to go all out and let others know about their crazy, fun light displays," Eisenman said this week. "We see some really creative displays – some individual houses, some neighborhoods and groups. It's fun to see people expand their collections and work hard to put these displays together."
This year, the theme of the contest was announced as "Babes in Toyland," according to Kiwanis. That will be the first category of judging: Best Use of the Theme. Other categories include Best Use of Music and Automation, Neighborhood or Group Entries, and Most Christmas Spirit.
One winner will be announced for each category at the organization's regular meeting on Wednesday at Rastrelli's Tuscany Events Center. A $25 River City Gold certificate is the prize for winning a category.
Though the celebratory gift certificate is nice, Eisenman says the contest is about more than that. As children, many people remember loading up the car with mom and dad, and driving around the city looking at all the over-the-top Christmas light displays.
The contest, Eisenman says, seeks to continue that tradition and put on a show for friends and neighbors.
"It's fun to just sit and watch all of these great displays," Eisenman said. "You've got neighborhoods like 'Candy Cane Lane (a group of houses generally located in the area of North 13th Street and 11th Avenue North, according to Eisenman),' and all these other houses that really get into the spirit. That's something that I think the contest brings out in the community."
The Herald will publish the list of participants and winners so residents can take a look at the entrants' displays.