Chamber manager Celecia Gallagher announced the winners of the Lovell Area Chamber of Commerce lighting contest
this week. The contest was open to homes in Lovell, Byron, Cowley, Deaver, Frannie and surrounding rural areas.
Friends and neighbors who admired the Christmas light displays that adorned the homes of eight families nominated them to participate in the contest. The judging was conducted by chamber members. Chamber bucks were awarded to first through third place winners.
Richard Morrison took first place with a display that would rival the Griswold family Christmas display depicted in the 1989 comedy “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” His elaborate and colorful light display, located at 295 Carmon Avenue, with its thousands of lights covering part of the roof and the entire front of the home illuminates the entire block.
The Jeff and Shannon McCollam family home located at 854 Shoshone Avenue took a very close second place. The display is marked by two giant bears, and it also has an elaborate lighting
The third place winner is located at 58 S. 1st East in Cowley. The property, which has been converted to a community park, is owned by Collin and Pat Stevens. The whimsical design is a must see with Santa, reindeer and even a few penguins on hand to greet visitors.
Other properties entered in the contest included: 664 Nevada Avenue in Lovell, 205 South First West in Cowley, 175 South Third East in Cowley and 752 Lane 8½ at Main, also in Cowley and 147 North Heart Mountain Street in Byron.
By Patti Carpenter