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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Luminosity lives large in lights contest

  • Brighter was better in Nebraska City's Christmas lights contest this year.

    Amy Allgood of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce said the Community Development Committee helped judge entries and appeared to be impressed by sheer brilliance.

    Jerry Williams and Becky Turner of 601 First Ave. won first place with a dazzling array of yard displays and animations.
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  • Brighter was better in Nebraska City's Christmas lights contest this year.
    Amy Allgood of Nebraska City Tourism and Commerce said the Community Development Committee helped judge entries and appeared to be impressed by sheer brilliance.
    Jerry Williams and Becky Turner of 601 First Ave. won first place with a dazzling array of yard displays and animations.
    "We love Christmas and we want to show it for everyone to see," said Turner.
    The glowing display began in year's past with a lighted reindeer and kept growing to outshine the street lights.
    Second place went to Ty and Josie Shrader at 1415 N. 10th St.
    Shrader said he felt a little like Clark Griswold this year. When he had finished stringing spectacular lights on the house, he started in with the trees.
    "I don't think there rare as many lights as the Griswold's, but it's a good start," he said.
    Allgood said music was also a factor in the top choices.
    "It's exciting when you tune in your radio and see the lights gleaming and flickering," she said.
    Fernando Dominguez, the 12-year-old son of Fernando and Deb Dominguez of 1311 Second Ave., was third with his display set to FM 97.5 Light shows are held from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
    Dominguez used a peg board to arrange the lights to make faces that sing with the music. The middle school tuba player said friends helped choose the music and he synchronized it to the shinning faces.
    Allgood also credited the four businesses who officially entered the downtown window display.
    They are Sheldons For Women, H&R Block, Keeping Room and Taylor's Toy Box/Tickled Pink.
    She said the home and downtown decorations set the atmosphere for another successful year of the trolley tour of lights.
    Prizes included breakfast for two, dinner for two and an overnight stay at the Lied Lodge and Conference Center.
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