The finest in merry and fes­tive homes

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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.”

PHOTO: GLEN POR­TE­OUS

BEST LIGHTS: Chris McKinley shows off some of his win­ning Christ­mas lights in the Biloela Home Tim­ber and Hard­ware com­pe­ti­tion.

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