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Your yard display could win a prize

The winner for the "Most Unique" display in last year's Light Up the Night Contest was Robbie Alverson, 108 Lavens Lakeview Dr., Osakis. (Osakis Review staff photo)

It's once again that time of year — time to enter the Osakis Review/ Echo Press' Light up the Night Christmas lights contest.

Along with a business category, there are four categories for individual residences. Unlike previous years, past winners are eligible to win this year.

Here are the categories:

• Best Decorated Business: Judging is based on the storefront.

• Most Elegant: Symmetry, sparkle, coordination and beauty. Judges will look for the display that exemplifies class.

• Best Novelty (inflatables/yard art): Do you have a Frosty the Snowman inflatable decoration? What about a team of lighted reindeer? Now's their time to shine.

• Most Unique: Creativity will capture the win for this category.

• Best Nativity Scene: Nativity scenes are a staple at Christmastime.

The deadline to enter is noon on Monday, Dec. 10. To enter, cut out and send in the entry form that's printed in the Echo Press, Osakis Review and Shopper, or call the Echo Press office at 320-763-3133.

Judging will take place the evenings of Wednesday, Dec. 12, and Thursday, Dec. 13, so be sure your lights and décor are lit up.

Winners will be announced in the Wednesday, Dec. 19 issues of the Osakis Review and Echo Press, along with photos of the winning displays, and a list of locations for all contest entries.

Prizes will be awarded to winners in the individual categories. The winning business will receive free advertising in the newspaper.

For more information about Light Up the Night, contact Michelle at 320-763-3133.

Celeste Edenloff

Celeste is a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press and has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in June 2016 to report on the community she calls home. Besides writing articles for the Echo Press, she has a blog, “Newspaper Girl on the Run.” Celeste is on a continuous healthy living journey and loves to teach bootcamp fitness classes and run. She has participated in more than 200 races with her husband, Al, covering the 5K, 10K, 10-mile and half-marathon (13.1 mile) distances.

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