Today is the last day to enter the Echo Press Light up the Night contest; deadline is 8 p.m.

Voting starts tomorrow, Monday, Dec. 7. This year's contest is sponsored by Ace Hardware in Alexandria.

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Last year's winners in the novelty category of the Echo Press Light up the Night contest were Ronald and Tami Sik of Alexandria with their display at 524 5th Ave. E.

The Echo Press’ annual Light up the Night contest, which is sponsored by Ace Hardware , is up and running, and this is the last week to enter your photos.

This year’s contest is all online. Residents and business owners can submit photos by going to .

Photos can be entered in one of three different categories - Best Business Display, Most Fun Display or Most Beautiful Display. Make sure to choose the right category. Submissions are being accepted through Sunday, Dec. 6.

When submitting a photo, people are asked to include their address in the caption field so that the public will know where to go if they want to check out the holiday displays.

Once the submission period has ended, the public will get a chance to vote for their favorite in each category to determine the winner. The voting period will run from Monday, Dec. 7, through Sunday, Dec. 13. People can vote once per day.


The votes will then be tabulated and the winners in each category will be announced in the Wednesday, Dec. 23, issue of the Echo Press. The winner in each category will receive $50 Chamber Bucks from the Alexandria Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

For questions, contact Michelle Weller at 320-763-1201.

Celeste Edenloff is the special projects editor and a reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. She has lived in the Alexandria Lakes Area since 1997. She first worked for the Echo Press as a reporter from 1999 to 2011, and returned in 2016 to once again report on the community she calls home.
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