Deck Your House And Make It A Shining Star – The Leaf Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee

By TAVIA D. GREEN

 

The Leaf-Chronicle, December 1, 2008

 

Crye-Leike Realtors, along with The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville Department of Electricity Lightband and the Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation are sponsoring the annual Clarksville Christmas Lighting Contest.

 

Homes decorated with lights and other creative decorations can be nominated until Dec. 10.

 

Ann Marshbanks, chairwoman of the contest, said there has been a Christmas Lighting Contest in Clarksville for as long as she can remember.

 

This year Crye-Leike will send up to a dozen judges into Clarksville and Montgomery County to judge creatively decorated homes.

 

There will be first, second and third place winners for the county and another set of winners for the city.

 

“We do visually look at every house that is entered and we encourage people to call in and enter their homes,” Marshbanks said. “Any home can be decorated. You can take the largest home and it shines, or the smallest home and it shines.”

 

Marshbanks encourages folks to nominate friends or neighbors.

 

Marshbanks said judges look for lights that can be seen from the streets, the presentation, creativity and neatness.

 

Judges will be looking at homes on Dec. 10, 11 and 12, from 5 to 10 p.m.

 

Marshbanks said a home can win first place one year, but can only win second and third place in the next two years.

 

A winner who has placed three times in previous contests will become a grand champion if they win first place again. The grand champion receives a plaque and can’t be in the competition anymore, Marshbanks said.

 

There are three grand champions in Clarksville and Montgomery County, she said.

 

The prize money for the county will be given by CEMC and the city prize money will be given by CDE. The winners will be announced in The Leaf-Chronicle the weekend after judging.

 

The cash prizes are $150 for first place, $100 for second place and $50 for third place. A commercial winner will get $50.

 

“We hope a lot of people will nominate homes so we can have a good competition,” Marshbanks said.

 

Nominations can be mailed, faxed to 647-0104 or called into the Crye-Leike Realtors office at 2512 Wilma Rudolph Blvd., 647-3400.

 

Tavia D. Green can be reached at 245-0742 or by e-mail at taviagreen@theleafchronicle.com.