Residential Christmas lighting competition

Residents of Napoleon who light up their homes with Christmas lights, like this one at 110 DeRome Drive which is also synchronized to music that can be heard through a radio station, are eligible to enter the Napoleon Christmas Residential Outdoor Lighting Contest for a chance at Chamber Bucks and credit on their electric bill.

Napoleon electric customers who light up their homes for the holidays can show off their displays for a chance at one of two prizes.

The Napoleon Christmas Residential Outdoor Lighting Contest is being sponsored by Napoleon Alive, Inc., the Henry County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Napoleon.

“We just thought we wanted to try something differentduring the holiday and it just seems like people are really getting into lighting up their homes, though it doesn’t have to be something that’s lit but just decorating for Christmas,” said Jayne DuPont of Napoleon Alive, Inc.

First place will win $100 in Chamber Bucks, which can be spent at various businesses that are chamber members, and $100 credit on their electric bill.

Second place will win $50 of Chamber Bucks and credit each. There will also be a People Choice award which will win $50 in Chamber Bucks.

“Hopefully this can provide a little more cheer this holiday season, and maybe even draw more people to our city,” said Napoleon City Manager Joel Mazur.

He also said it was a fairly simple decision for the city to partner in the contest.

“The electric fund is $16 million, so it’s easy for us to consider a $150 credit on electric bills to help out,” Mazur added.

Members of the Napoleon Alive, Inc., will judge the entries for first and second place based on originality, creativity and overall appearance.

“Once we get all the entries in we’ll put out the addresses of the ones that are part of the contest and then people can actually go see them and place their votes,” DuPont said.

Deadline for entry is Monday, Dec. 6. Judging will take place Wednesday, Dec. 15.

The contest is open to all City of Napoleon electric customers, the display can be lighted or unlighted, an entry form is required so only residences entered will be judged and there is no entry fee.

Entry forms can be picked up at the Henry County Chamber of Commerce Office, Eddie J’s Grille or Country Gourmet.

An online entry form is also available at

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