Tuesday night, under the cover of darkness, a team of judges selected the best entries in the fifth annual Light Up Dodge City Holiday Lights Contest. Factoring into the judges' decisions were originality, creativity, and storytelling. Niles and Sue Wiseman, 1002 Ragan Rd. were chosen as this year’s first-place winner. Second place was awarded to Josh Pankratz, 106 LaVista Blvd.
The contest is made possible through a partnership between the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Dodge City Daily Globe. This year’s competition received several impressive submissions that incorporated everything from lighted archways and glowing menageries to traditional nativity scenes. Prizes included $200 in Chamber Bucks, valid at any Chamber business, for first place, $100 in Chamber Bucks for second place, and a sign declaring their home a Light Up Contest award winner.
Megan Welsh, manager of the CVB, said “The contest has become an important part of the Dodge City holiday tradition and provides homeowners that go the extra mile with their holiday decorations a chance to be rewarded for their efforts.”
The Light Up Ford County Holiday Lights Contest, hosted by the Dodge City Daily Globe and Victory Electric Cooperative Association, Inc., is ongoing, with submissions being accepted at visitdodgecity.org
through Dec. 26. This contest is open to anyone who lives outside of the Dodge City, city limits.