Battle of the brights: Light Fight returns to Dickinson

Annual fundraiser invites Dickinson residents to compete for best outdoor holiday décor.

Light Fight encourages Dickinson residents to compete for best holiday decor.
Ashley Koffler / The Dickinson Press
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Dickinson — The Light Fight competition has returned for its fourth year of spreading joy this holiday season. The Christmas lights competition is seeking contestants to vie for the title of Dickinson’s Light Fight Champion as well as youth judges to decide who wins the coveted Light Fight trophy.

Dickinson’s Light Fight is a fundraiser for Second Chances, a local nonprofit animal rescue organization. The deadline to register is Dec. 4 at 9 p.m. and those interested can sign up by visiting .

“You do not need to have your display finished in order to register now,” Second Chances President Beth Hurt said. “The contest will begin the evening of Friday, Dec. 9, with lights on at 5:30 p.m. 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!”

The entry fee is $25 for homes and $50 for businesses, with all proceeds assisting pets in need. Light Fight offers prize money for the top-ranking homes with the winner collecting $250.

The contest sponsored by A Better Place, Charbonneau Car Center, ConocoPhillips, Highlands Engineering and Krystal Clear Hearing Center. Four Seasons Trophies will once again be donating the base for the Light Fight trophy.


“I'm somebody who loves Christmas and one of my favorite things to do this time of year is drive around and look at the lights and with Light Fight, this allows people to enjoy doing that,” Light Fight Committee Member Mariah Botha said. “But the best part about it is when you look at the decorations, you'll know that our contestants have made it possible to help stray animals. With their donations and with our generous donors, they're helping us help stray animals in need. So it's a fun family event and it's something that brings awareness to the animals that need help.”

Light Fight encourages Dickinson residents to compete for best holiday decor.
Ashley Koffler / The Dickinson Press

Second Chances is also encouraging Dickinson youth to enter a coloring contest for a chance to win a seat on the judging panel.

“They can download the coloring sheets from the links that we'll have posted online or they can pick up a copy at the Chamber of Commerce,” Hurt said. “We have three age divisions, and one winner will be selected from each age category to serve as a judge along with our mayor.”

The age divisions are grades first through third, fourth and fifth, and sixth and seventh. Sixth and seventh grade participants will not have a coloring page, but will submit their own art to enter.

“They're going to just freehand draw their favorite holiday Christmas scene, so hopefully we get some creativity there,” Hurt said. “The light fight committee will select the coloring contest winners.”

Coloring contest entries and winners will be posted on Dickinson’s Light Fight and Second Chances Facebook pages. Contest updates, giveaways, and a map of contestants can also be found there, she said.

“I think it will be nice that the children will be making up the bulk of our judging panel, because who better to decide that than kids?” Hurt asked.

Mayor Scott Decker has agreed to be the fourth judge for the Light Fight competition.


“I always enjoy that – when the community gets really fired up to show off their pride in their holiday decorations and all the things they do to celebrate the season,” he said. “It's just nice to be involved in what community members are taking pride in, in our community. I like to be part of that.”

Printed lists of entries will be available to pick up at the Dickinson Area Chamber of Commerce on Dec. 12, Hurt said.

“The Light Fight is a great way to spread holiday cheer throughout the town,” says Hurt. “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!”

Ashley Koffler is a Killdeer, North Dakota native and Dickinson State University graduate, with a Bachelor’s Degree in writing, and minors in journalism and psychology. Formerly working in Community Affairs for Roosevelt Custer Regional Council for Development, her reporting focuses on the Dickinson city government, community features, business and agriculture — among others.
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