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Who's got the best decorated house in town? It's time to enter the annual Chamber contest.

CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - The recent run of warm weather may have inspired more people to decorate their homes for the holiday season. It might make this year's Keeping Spritis Bright lighting contest more competitive. It is time to enter.A recent surge of warmer and drier weather may not leave Prineville looking like a holiday town this season.

But in the absence of snow and the possibility of a white Christmas, the less inclement conditions have enabled people to get out and get an early start decorating their homes or business storefronts. Now, the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce wants to shine a light on their efforts while encouraging some friendly competition in the process.

The Keeping Spirits Bright Holiday Lights Contest returns for the second Christmas season, with Chamber staff urging people to either enter their own specially decorated home or business — or nominate one that they feel is deserving.

"Due to the popularity of the event last year, we are bringing it back," said Deb Shaw, the Chamber's marketing and membership coordinator. "We had a great response last year."

The contest began Monday, Dec. 6 and the Chamber is accepting home or business entries through Dec. 20.

"They can enter this contest through a Google document or contact us here at the Chamber office," Shaw explained. "We will then put their address on a Google map and people in Prineville can go around and look at these different locations. We will then have a voting card and they can vote on their favorites."

Voters will determine who wins first, second and third place in a variety of categories including Best Overall Grand Prize, Most Outlandish, Most Creative and Best Business Décor. Voting will be open through Christmas Eve and results will be announced on date shortly thereafter.

The winner of Best Overall Grand Prize will receive a $50 local gift certificate, while $25 gift certificates will be awarded to the winners of the Most Outlandish and Most Creative categories. The winner of the Best Business Décor category will get free coffee for its entire staff.

Chamber leaders are hoping to see high participation in the event once again, and they encourage residents and businesses to get involved.

"It is just another way to keep people engaged and enjoying the holiday season," Shaw concluded.

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To participate the Keeping Spirits Bright Holiday Lights Contest or for more information on the event, call 541-447-6304 or stop by the Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce office, 185 NE 10th St.


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