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Judging Begins for 2010 Holiday Lights Competition


NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The 23rd Ann Chapman Holiday Lights Competition, one of the city’s most popular contests, features a total of 44 entries with plenty of creativity and dazzle this year.

The first round of district judging takes place tonight and tomorrow night, followed by the selection of five regional winners December 1-2. Those five preliminary winners will be highlighted during nightly newscasts on NewsChannel 5 Monday through Thursday next week, and the overall countywide winner will be announced live by Mayor Karl Dean during the station’s 6 p.m. newscast Friday, December 10.

The annual Holiday Lights Competition is open to all residents of Davidson County, and awards are made in each Metro Councilmanic district. Of the total 44 entries this year, fifteen are new to the contest, and 22 of Metro’s 35 council districts are represented. The contest is sponsored by Mayor Dean, Metro Public Works, Metro Beautification and Environment Commission, Nashville Electric Service and NewsChannel 5.

“Year after year, citizens add a special magic to the holiday season with the unique displays they create for the Holiday Lights Competition, and we’re thrilled to have so many new residents to participate this year,” Metro Beautification Director Veronica Frazier said.

Judging criteria for the contest encourages residents to make their Holiday Lights entry “green” by including Environmental Elements such as recycling themes or recycled items; nature themes; and energy conservation with LED lights.

A new partner for 2010 is Alpha Limousine Service which is donating a limo and driver to transport the group of judges who will be selecting the countywide winner.