READY TO GO: 46 Dawn Crescent is in the Christmas spirit.
READY TO GO: 46 Dawn Crescent is in the Christmas spirit. Contributed

Light up your town

A MUCH-loved festive tradition of the Central Highlands is returning with more than $2500 in prizes up for grabs to encourage residents and businesses to adorn their premises with Christmas lights and decorations for the Light Up Your Town competition.

Central Highlands Regional Council is co-ordinating the event with the support of The Blackwater Herald, Central Queensland Newspaper and the Emerald Chamber of Commerce.

"This competition is a wonderful way for everyone to get into the festive spirit and spread some Christmas cheer in the weeks leading up to the big day," Mayor Peter Maguire said.

"Driving around town to see the displays has become a special part of the festive season for many families and we are very proud to be a part of that."

Entry is free and entries are now open. The entry form is available on council's website or in this week's CQ News and Blackwater Herald.

There have been two changes to the competition this year.

Firstly, instead of four judging areas there will be prizes given to the winner and runner-up residential display in each of our 13 communities: Arcadia Valley, Bauhinia, Blackwater, Bluff, Capella, Comet, Dingo, Duaringa, Emerald, The Sapphire Gemfields, Rolleston, Springsure and Tieri.

Secondly, CHRC are asking for photographs to be included with entries to allow for shortlisting and to promote the event online and in the newspaper.

This year will also see the return of Beryl Callaghan Spirit of Christmas Award - a memorial to well-known and loved Beryl Callaghan - awarded to the Emerald residence that best demonstrates the spirit of the festive spirit.

"Beryl was a wonderful lady who loved to share the joy of Christmas with the whole community. This award helps to ensure that her legacy lives on in our Christmas festivities," Cr Maguire said.

Council urges participants to be safe while setting up and pulling down lights and ensure that electrical equipment is in good working order.

"We want people to get into the spirit of the season, but stay safe while doing so," Cr Maguire said.

"We've always been incredibly impressed with the entries and I'm sure this year will be no different."

Entries close on Friday, December 11, with judging occurring from December 14-16 and winners announced on Friday, December 18.

For more information visit council's website or drop in to your local office.


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