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The City of Macomb and the family of Marilyn Joyce Locke are proud to sponsor the 6th Annual Community Christmas Lighting Contest. Marilyn and her husband Paul have long been recognized in the community as avid believers in spreading the joy and true meaning of Christmas. Marilyn passed away in 2015 and, in her memory, her family has established a “Spirit of Christmas” award. In establishing this $250 monetary prize, the Locke family stated, “this is one way of us keeping our mother’s memory and joy for Christmas alive.”
The City of Macomb and the Locke family invite folks to show off their best and brightest outdoor holiday light displays. “People put a lot of hard work into their holiday designs and decorations. Sharing those is a great way for people to get inspired and simply enjoy seeing what others have created,” said Mayor Mike Inman. Registration is not required. An anonymous committee will circulate through town to observe lighting displays and choose finalists. Community members may nominate their favorite lighting displays by forwarding the display address and owner’s name to the City of Macomb via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (309)833-2558. There will be a total of $475 dollars in prizes given away during this contest. The Locke’s will judge and award their $250. The City will award the following prizes:
1st place – $100 Chamber Gift Certificate
2nd place- $75 Chamber Gift Certificate
3rd place – $50 Chamber Gift Certificate
Displays in Macomb and the surrounding sub-divisions of Meadowbrook, Georgetown, Scotland Glen and Melwood Estates will be included in the judging. The judging will take place during the evening hours of Tuesday, December 12th with the winners to be announced on Wednesday, December 13th.
A separate category for Organizations, Businesses and Institutions is also established. Winners in this category will receive a non-monetary award, acknowledging their achievement.
“We want as many folks in the area as possible to get involved,” said Mayor Inman. “We encourage folks to take time to come into Macomb to shop, enjoy a meal at their favorite restaurant, and then drive around the community to see all the beautiful decorations adorning homes in the spirit of the season,” Inman added.