December 8, 2010 by wcobserver
By Susan McCarthy
West Fork- City workers began hanging holiday decorations in the city of West Fork Monday, but city officials hope those are pale in comparison to the entrants they expect to see in the second annual “Small Town, Big Lights” competition.
Last year, the city’s lighting competition had 25 entrants and this year Parks Director David Roebke is hoping to double that number. Roebke says there is no charge to enter, but the competition is limited to homes within West Fork City Limits.
“They can have lights with music, yard ornaments, all lights, trees, anything in their front yard,” said Roebke.
To enter the Small Town, Big Lights competition, visit West Fork City Hall to complete an entry application. Roebke said judging will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 17 and that the top three houses will be given cash prizes.
“We’ll just judge it on the wow effect,” said Roebke who expects to have at least two out of town judges help him select the winners this year.
The top three winners will receive a 50/30/20 split of sponsorship donations made by local businesses. Roebke said the top prize winner last year received over $100.
Last year Bob and Teresa Cooper of Craig Street took top honors and rumor has it, they will be the house to beat this year as well.
Teresa said they used their cash prize to purchase additional lights. She said her husband has been hanging lights for two weeks and they had a trial lighting last Sunday before she headed to Fayetteville to purchase some more lights. In addition to the lights their house will also feature six Christmas trees in the front yard.
“Lots…tens of thousands, oh, I don’t know,” said Teresa when asked how many lights they have in their lighting display.
“All the credit goes to my husband. I do the porch, he does the rest. I don’t climb a ladder.”
“I don’t know how they’re going to plug it in; they were like the Griswold’s, I’m serious,” said Cassie Boyd , the city’s water secretary who helped get the competition started last year.
“We enjoy it; it’s fun. Our kids really like it. We’ve got 35-40 people coming in this year for Thanksgiving and they’re looking forward to seeing it,“ said Teresa.
The Coopers plan to have a “grand lighting” at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day and said others are welcome to come if they’d like; their address is 178 Craig Street.