A winter wonderland in lights

The Neaults’ display on Silver Creek Road in Harvey takes visitors to the North Pole, in lights. (Photo courtesy of Valerie Neault)

By Jim Pennell

The Christmas season is always a time when decorations are put up outside of houses, but some folks in the area go well beyond just putting up a string of lights along the eaves. For the past 35 years the Marquette Board of Light and Power has sponsored a Holiday Lighting Contest for its customers. What started as a simple contest with a handful of entrants has now grown to a highly anticipated yearly event.

“We usually have from 35 to 45 entrants in six categories with three places in each category,” said Noreen Collins, Marquette Board of Light and Power community relations coordinator. “It makes it pretty tough to be a judge. We try to get BLP employees that have done it before to help out. Judges have to check out and compare each display and also have the ability to move entrants from one category to another if they feel it’s in the competitor’s best interest,

“It’s a serious contest where people take pride in their entries and really compete with each other,” Collins added. “The phones at the office will be ringing from now on with people asking when the judging is and where to drop off the entry forms. People also want to be part of the bus tours we organize that visit all the displays.”

The six categories include Elfin Magic for small displays, Frosty’s Favorites for medium displays and Child’s Bright Delight for the large displays. There is also a Rudolph’s Rookie category for first-time entrants, North Pole Neighborhood for three or more houses to enter together and the Winner’s Circle for entrants who have placed in the last three years…

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