Chamber urges all to light up this year
It’s just over a month until Christmas so it’s time to start dusting off the multi coloured lights and decorating the house.
Finley Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture is preparing to have a more inclusive Christmas Lighting Awards by including a People’s Choice Award and Best Farmgate for 2018.
The other categories are Best Overall, Best Business and the Chrissy Wastle Encouragement Award.
Those wishing to enter for the People’s Choice Award are asked to register on the Finley Chamber website — www.finley.org.au. Members of the public will then be invited to vote, with the home receiving the highest number of votes the eventual winner.
You can only vote once, and only decorated homes in Finley will be eligible for the prize.
All other category winners will be determined by the judges.
All those who register for the awards will have their display listed on a special map, which will be printed and distributed.
Winners of the awards will be announced at the Xmas Xtravaganza on Saturday, December 22.
Chamber president Gary Carr said it will be perfect to drive around the town after the Xtravaganza to see what Finley can produce.
‘‘There are so many people that spend hours and a lot of money to bring a little bit of the festive spirit to Finley,’’ Mr Carr said.
‘‘This has the potential to draw people into the town and become a big tradition, but we need the support of locals.
‘‘I encourage all houses to contact myself, another chamber member or visit our website to nominate their house and let’s make this fun for the community.’’
While he’s confirmed he won’t be competition for those entering the awards, Phil Wilkinson said he will still provide a ‘‘jaw-dropping’’ Christmas display for the community this year.
He said he will be bringing out his lights, smoke, ornaments, giant Christmas tree, inflatable reindeer and so much more this year.
‘‘I’m starting work on it again pretty soon but it’s a two week effort to put it all together.
‘‘People are more than welcome to check it out because that’s why I do it,’’ Mr Wilkinson said.
All registrations must be received by Saturday, December 15, with judging to be held Sunday, December 16.
Tidy Towns assessor Doug McDonald with Jerilderie’s Mitch A’Vard.