Holiday lighting contest in Coon Rapids coming soon

Coon Rapids Arts Commission is sponsoring its annual holiday lighting contest again this year.

The contest for Coon Rapids residents only will be judged by commission members Saturday, Dec. 14.

Lighting displays can be entered in one of four categories.

• Static – House: Non-moving light displays on a house or foundation planting only; no decorations on lawn.

• Static – Lot: Non-moving light displays on a house, yard, fence, tree, or any combination of the above.

• Motion – House: Moving light displays on a house or foundation planting only; no decorations on lawn.

• Motion – Lot: Moving light displays on a house plus yard, fence, tree, or any combination of the above

A $50 cash prize will be awarded for the best entry in each of the four categories.

Residents can either nominate their own holiday lights display or a neighbor’s. If they are submitting their own display as an entry, the deadline is Wednesday, Dec. 11

The entry can be submitted electronically via email to [email protected] or on a Facebook message to City of Coon Rapids, MN – Local Government.

Submissions can also sent by mail or in person to the Coon Rapids City Center, Attention: Holiday Lighting Contest, 11155 Robinson Dr. NW, Coon Rapids, MN 55433.

To nominate a neighbor, contact the city with the neighbor’s address by Friday, Dec. 6 and an entry form will be sent to them.

City of Coon Rapids employees and family members, arts commission members and family and contest sponsors are not eligible to enter.

Entries can be made in only one category.

All judging decisions are final and judges reserve the right to disqualify any entrant.

Prizes may not be awarded if no acceptable entries are received in a category.

Photographs and images become the property of the city of Coon Rapids once they have been submitted and won’t be returned.

Winners in each category will have their photographs published on the city website, on CTN cable TV and in the city newsletter, the Coon Rapids Connection.

Winning entries may be used for promotional and advertising efforts in city communications.

The arts commission promotes local cultural productions and talent, including concerts and art shows, and identifies and heightens community awareness of cultural needs in the community.

The commission meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5:45 p.m.

Peter Bodley is at [email protected]