Christmas Lights contest illuminates town

When driving through the residential areas of Hettinger, it’s hard not to notice that homeowners in Hettinger care a whole lot about their lawns. It’s not uncommon to see perfectly cut grass, pristine walkways, and trimmed hedges.

Frank Turner

The dedication to a perfect yard entered a whole new level this holiday season.

This year people in town got creative with their Christmas decorations. Houses were decorated with stockings, giant presents, and even adorned goose decoys.

This week, the Hettinger Chamber of Commerce held their best decorated yard contest. On December 5th, houses across Hettinger had their decorations judged based on three categories: nativity, Santa/reindeer, and best overall. 

McKenzie Stippich, vice president of the Hettinger Chamber and the Christmas promotions chair, said, “Three categories help distinguish and recognize different decorating styles and promote creativity within different aspect of the holiday season.”

This year Arlene Walch won the Santa/Reindeer category with a yard full of countless, glowing reindeer along the highway. Theo and Trisha Schalesky won the Nativity category with a giant blow-up Santa sleigh and a glowing nativity scene. Lastly, with a house and yard covered in lights, Josh and Carrie Ranum won the best overall category. Each winner was announced on the radio and can stop by the Community Promotions Office to pick up a $25 Chamber Gift Certificate.

“The hope of the decorating contest is to encourage people to partake in Christmas festivities and to light up as many yards as possible,” said Stippich.

The winners of the contest were just a few of the many houses that decorated their houses for Christmas. With Christmas right around the corner, each decorated home is a testament to the Hettinger’s festivity.