Rector Chamber Sponsoring Lighting Contest

Wednesday, December 13, 2017
A look back at Dick Harris' 2016 Christmas decorating effort, which took first place.
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It’s not too late to join in the December fun. Rather than a snowball fight, it’s a friendly city-wide Christmas lights competition sponsored by the Rector Area Chamber of Commerce. No charge to enter, no display too large, no requirements for theme, “no restrictions on an entry,” says Christina Boyd, spokesperson for the Chamber.

Participating in such an event is part of the beauty of living in a small community. Even if the display does not win a prize, the decoration process brings joy to those decorating and those driving through town to admire the creativity depicting different aspects of Christmas. Businesses and residences are encouraged to help in recreating one of the best things to do with family on the nights before Christmas: driving around to “look at the lights.”

Enjoying the spectacular Lights of the Delta at the old Ecker Air Force Base near Blytheville, ogling through Jonesboro and Paragould neighborhoods are all fun family outings. When your own town sponsors a Holiday Lights Extravaganza, when the opportunity to go all-out in celebration of the season beckons, join in and have fun.

Last year’s winners were Richard Harris for first place, Charles and Gloria Smith in second, and Bill and Darlene Osier for third in the residential category. Elite Enterprise took top place for business entry. The prizes are cash, ranging from $100 to $25, with judging taking place Saturday, Dec 23, and the deadline for entering is Thursday, Dec. 21, at the Rector Water Office. Those wanting additional information may call the office at 870 595-3035.

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