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Parsons Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest Winners Announced

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NEWS RELEASE ISSUED DECEMBER 24, 2013 BY THE PARSONS CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

Parsons Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest Winners Announced

The Parsons Chamber is excited to announce the winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest. The Parsons Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest was brought to you by Westar Energy. Nineteen residents and five businesses entered the lighting contest. “I was very pleased with the number of entries for a first year contest. We had some very close totals on the judging. Overall we thought it was just great to see so many houses having lights up and most were even timed to music,” said Jonna Gabbert, Parsons Chamber Director of PR, Marketing & Events. The Christmas lighting contest had a top prize of $300 for residents. Second place earned $150, with third receiving $75. The contest also had a business category, with the first-place business getting $100 donated to the charity of its choice, second place $75 and third $50. Chamber President Jim Zaleski said, “Westar’s sponsorship covered all of the costs, including the prize money, signs that will be placed in the winners’ yards and promotional expenses.”

The winners in the residential category are:

1st place- $300 Sandy Manners,24029 Udall Road

2nd place-$150 Burl & Audra Moore, 18071 S. Hwy 59

3rd place-$75 Julie & Brian McIntosh, 19084 Ness Road.

The winners in the business category are:

1st place...-$100 Wave Wireless, 2130 Corning

2nd place- $75 Steve's Lockout/Smelly Good Stuff

3rd place-$50 SKIL Resource Center.

“The new city Christmas lights look beautiful and by adding this contest it just enhanced the look of the city and that was our main goal with doing the contest. The Chamber would like to thank everyone for all of the time & energy they put into their holiday lights. Not only did you bring joy to the city, you helped make our community beautiful!,” said Gabbert. Parsons resident, Shawna Yockey, said her family liked that there was a list of houses participating in the contest and directions in the Parsons Sun and on Facebook so you could visit the area Christmas Lights with your family. “All of the lights around town look amazing!,” noted Yockey. After Christmas the Chamber plans to have a reception to award the residential winners their cash prizes. Business winners and their chosen award recipients will also attend. David Whetstone of Westar Energy, who worked closely with the Chamber in developing the contest will present the awards to the winners. The Chamber Lighting Contest took place between Dec. 6 and Dec. 20. Any resident or business with a Parsons address was eligible to participate, not just those in city limits. Families wanting to check out local homes decorated for Christmas might want to look at the list of entries that participated in the Parsons Chamber of Commerce holiday lighting contest. The homes involved include:

— 2510 Corning

— 24029 Udall Road

— 18071 S. U.S. 59

— 1211 Morgan

— 1414 Grand

— 1202 N. Lincoln

— 1430 Belmont

— 1420 Belmont

— 1422 Partridge

— 609 Willowbrook

— 19084 Ness Road

— 1830 Ness Road

— 20 Elm Drive

— 24041 B Queens Road

— 1610 Crawford

— 1628 Grand

— 2517 Kennedy

— 1814 Stevens

— 4700 Main

Five businesses participated in the business division of the competition, including Wave Wireless, 2130 Corning; Smelly Good Stuffs, 1806 Main; SKIL Resource Center, 1801 Main; Parsons Fine Jewelry, 1722 Main; and Finley-Maloney Real Estate, 1720 Broadway. “Look for the Parsons Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest again in 2014 & let's make the holiday lights even more spectacular!,” said Gabbert.

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