Judges had a hard time deciding on a winner in the first week of the McPherson Holiday Light Contest last night as the whole town was lit up beautifully for the holidays.
The winning entry showed an amazing amount of dedication as nearly every square foot of the front yard held some sort of Christmas display.
Sharline Jacob of 1124 S. Chestnut was this week's winner of a $100 prize from the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Jacob said this year's display is actually smaller than in previous years. The tradition was started by her late husband Carl Jacob who passed away in 2007.
"He would have a display in every window and the whole driveway filled," Jacob said.
Jacob's children now help her set out the display during the course of three-four days at Thanksgiving.
"I make a turkey, and everyone comes over. It takes us awhile to figure out the extension cords and make sure the breakers don't flip," she said.
Jacob said she enjoys seeing the school kids who come by and tries to incorporate some live interaction.
"My daughter, who was pregnant last year, dressed up as Santa and her son was an elf and they handed out candy canes," she said.
There are some new additions like a sleigh, bicycle and snow lamps this year, but Jacob said the singing mice are the favorite of her eight grandchildren.
A ride on the McPherson CVB trolley is the perfect way to take in the holiday lights this season. Tickets are still available for the Dec. 13, 19, 20, 21, and 22 from the CVB office at 306 N. Main St. To enter a home in the light contest, call the CVB at 241-3340.