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Columbia City residents urged to decorate homes, compete for prizes

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Christmas lights sparkle from porches and peaks across Columbia City, adding to the excitement of the upcoming holidays.
Some residents decorate for the joy of it -- and some also have a competitive spirit, vying for prizes and prestige in the annual Columbia City Community Christmas Decorating Contest.
"As chair of the Columbia City Community Christmas Decorating Contest, I once again urge local homeowners to participate in our annual decorating contest," stated City Councilwoman Jennifer Romano.
The contest has been going on for many years now, creating traditions in neighborhoods across our city and enabling local residents and families to bundle up, climb in the car with some cocoa and admire light displays around the city.
"It's a wonderful, heartwarming tradition my family has enjoyed for several years and I'm excited to see it continue," Romano added.
Participation is easy -- just decorate with lights and festive decor in whatever way you choose! Be creative, have fun and you might win. Prizes will be awarded in four quadrants of the city and one overall winner will be chosen as well.
"With all of the Christmas decorations going up around Columbia City already, we'd really like homeowners to have their displays up by Friday, November 24, 2017, if possible this year. The committee will be judging residential light displays the following week. Be sure to have your lights on each evening during the following week as our committee travels around to judge the displays," said Romano. "We will choose winners from each corner of the community and they'll win cash prizes, plaques and be recognized during one of our Council meetings in December."
Romano said the committee will judge displays, weather permitting, during the week of November 27-December 1. Winners will be publicly announced in December during a City Council Meeting.
If you have any questions or would like to recommend an address for the committee to check out this year, send an email to jromano@columbiacity.net


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