Displays make light work of competition

BRAD and Kaylene Blake went all out with their lights this Christmas for the love of their four-year-old son Riley. 

Their efforts paid off, winning the  readers’ choice award in the 2013 Central Western Daily Christmas Lights competition.

The family received a $100 Bunnings gift voucher. 

Their display lit up Spring Hill, and Mrs Blake says she has every intention of going bigger and better for 2014. 

The display took about a day to put up, but the Merry Christmas sign at the front, which was Mrs Blake’s favourite decoration, took about two hours. 

“We just wanted to make it pretty for our little boy,” she said. 

Riley was his dad’s offsider as he hung hundreds of lights from every angle. 

Mrs Blake said they had amassed their collection of Christmas lights over the years. 

She said she had already bought more lights in preparation for next year’s display. 

Colin Chate of Prince Street took out the Judge’s Choice award for his display.

He was thinking of “giving it away” after years of participation, but, upon winning his $100 Bunnings gift voucher, he thought twice.

“It’s very nice to know people like it,” Mr Chate said.

The winner of the third $100 Bunnings voucher went to lucky voter Sandra Hanson.

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