As sidewalks and streets become dressed in holiday style, people are also pulling out their ladders and stringing up boxes of lights for the return of Dickinson's Light Fight to not only spread joy throughout the city this holiday season and be eligible to win prizes, but to help a local animal rescue organization.
The third annual Christmas lights competition will begin with lights on at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and is seeking contestants to vie for the title of Dickinson’s Light Fight Champion. Sponsored by Charbonneau Car Center, Fairway Independent Mortgage and Highlands Engineering, the Light Fight offers prize money for the top-ranking homes with the winner collecting $250 and the coveted Light Fight trophy. The holiday lights competition also raising funds for Second Chances, which is a local nonprofit animal rescue organization.
Beth Hurt, president of Second Chances, said that the organization rescues and rehomes pets from the Dickinson Animal Shelter through The Barn Cat Project and operates Furever Full, which is a community pet food bank.
"Throughout the year, the organization manages other projects such as building winter shelters for feral cats and educating school children about responsible pet ownership and how to behave around animals," Hurt said in a press release.
Hurt said she's hoping this year's holiday light show will generate quite the response.
“The Light Fight is a great way to spread holiday cheer throughout the town,” Hurt said. “It’s a family-friendly competition that can be enjoyed by all ages. And with the whole town covered by bright, twinkling lights, I think we can agree that everyone wins."
For contest updates, giveaways and a list of contestants, Hurt encourages the community to follow the Facebook pages for Dickinson's Light Fight and Seconds Chances. Printed lists of entries will also be available to pick up at the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce Monday, Dec. 6.
Deadline to register is Monday, Nov. 29, and interested participants can sign up by visiting secondchancesvolunteers.org.
“You do not need to have your display finished in order to register now,” Hurt noted. “... Even if you don’t think your home could be the winner, we encourage you to sign up so that others can enjoy the hard work you put into your display. You might just be surprised by how many people think you deserve to win."