Cham­ber urges all to light up this year

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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.

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