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Winners ‘light up’

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January 16, 2018

One of the decorated homes in Corowa’s O’Brien Court which was appreciated by local residents over Christmas.

O’Brien Court in Corowa won the ‘Light Up Federation’ Christmas Light Competition for the best decorated street.

For the second time now Corowa’s O’Brien Court has won the ‘Light Up Federation’ Christmas Light Competition for the best decorated street.

The court was last awarded the title in 2015.
Kate Bell, who lives in the court, said residents did not participate for the recognition.
“It’s about the Christmas spirit and seeing smiles on people’s faces,” she told the Free Press.
Bright fairy lights dangled from gutters and roofs, while inflatable Santa’s and reindeers took over front lawns and roofs.
Hours of preparation went into assembling the decorations and residents in the court even decorated the two vacant homes in their street to ensure a spectacular result.
“We try to have the decorations all finished by the first weekend of December,” Kate said.
“It’s very family orientated. On Christmas Eve one of Sandra’s sons (a resident in the street) dresses up as Santa and hands out bags of lollies to the children who come out.
“Up until a few days before Christmas we see people driving around to have a look and once the holidays start we have more people coming around on foot.”
Kate said she enjoys seeing her young children’s faces when the lights are turned on the first night and they go outside to explore the street and see what new decorations are in place.
The court will receive a sign that will be placed below the court’s existing street sign to recognise their success.
The Federation Council run competition started the initiative several years ago in order to spread the Christmas spirit throughout the community.
The competition is judged by residents who fill in a voting form or leave their vote on council’s Facebook page.
The competition featured three categories – best decorated house, best decorated street and best decorated business.
Best decorated house went to 108 Banks Street, Howlong and best decorated business was awarded to Regional Design Service in Corowa.
The winner of the best decorated street won $800 cash while the best decorated business received $200 and a decal recognising their effort which can be displayed in their shop window.

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