'Light it up Innisfil' back with Christmas-themed contest

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The organizer of the Halloween house decorating contest in Innisfil is back with a new contest just in time for Christmas.

Jennifer Richardson has created Light it up Innisfil as way to keep the safe festive times going.

“Same idea, same contest. Same everything, just Christmas style instead of Halloween,” said Richardson, who had 94 households participate in her Halloween decorating contest.

Participants in the contest paid an entry fee of $10 and competed for best decorated in their wards, and in other categories.

“We were able to give the (Innisfil) food bank and Christmas 4 Kids each just over $500, and they needed it,” she said. “It was crazy how empty the shelves were.”

The Christmas house decorating contest is once again going to support those two charities.

“All of our schools usually do such huge fundraisers for them and they can’t, which is why I chose them,” Richardson said.

Residents looking to participate should join the Light it up Innisfil Facebook page. The cost to enter the contest is $10.

Local politicians have once again agreed to judge, with winners being picked for each municipal ward, MP and MPP’s favourites, Mayor’s choice, Friends of the Library’s choice, and online voting for the best lighting display and best inflatable display.

Judging will happen between Dec. 11 and Dec. 18.

“Anyone can come and check out the lights, and they’ll have access to see the map online, but only Innisfil residents will be allowed to vote,” Richardson said.

Richardson said she has already had local businesses reach out to donate prizes, including items from Koala Tea, Cookstown Antique Market, Due North Photography, Hot Box Huts, Nubridge Auto, and Telus.

Richardson said she will be randomly drawing winners for prizes, too, so she encourages everyone to enter.

“It doesn’t matter what your decorations are, big or small, just enter,” she said. “At the end of the day, it’s for a great cause, for two very well deserving community charities.”

For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/LightitupInnisfil

Shane MacDonald, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Barrie Advance