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AT FIRST, Chris McKinley wasn’t interested in entering the Biloela Home Timber and Hardware Christmas Lights competition.
But after getting some encouragement from his daughters Jaimee, Georgia and Charli, Chris started to put together his winning entry on Thalberg Avenue.
“I didn’t put the decorations up to go into the competition or win, I just do it for the fun it,” Chris said.
First prize in the competition was a $500 gift card at Biloela Home Timber and Hardware.
“I might let the kids go shopping with the prize because they did the hard work of selling it in the competition,” he said.
Chris has been doing the decorations for 11 years.
“All up it can take about three days to put them up and I enjoy doing it for the community and for kids to look at.”
Second place was Joshua Behrendorff of Michael Drive who received a $300 gift card.
Lauren Gurnick of Gregory Court won a $200 gift card for third place and the Home Hardware Choice winners were Kev and Wendy Behrendorff of Keralee Court who received a $200 gift card.
Part owner and manager of Biloela Home Timber and Hardware Tim Kessler said the response to the competition had been good.
“Last year was the first time for this community event and it’s good to show recognition with the Christmas lights,” Tim said.
“It’s a great way to give back to the community and appreciate the effort that people put in to help brighten up Christmas time.
“Next year we encourage people to get it and join in the fun.”
BEST LIGHTS: Chris McKinley shows off some of his winning Christmas lights in the Biloela Home Timber and Hardware competition.