Dodge City residents didn't disappoint this year as many homes participated in the inaugural Holiday Lights Decorating Contest.

The first-year contest had residents light up their homes for the holidays for a chance to win Chamber Bucks.

The winners of this year's event was Ava Arntt at on Longbranch Road who took 1st place; Niles and Sue Wiseman on Ragan Road taking 2nd place and Andrea and Armando Estrella on Barham Boulevard taking honorable mention.

The event was hosted by Dodge City Area Chamber of Commerce, Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau and Dodge City Daily Globe.

"It was a tough job for our judges to be tasked with," said CVB assistant director Colleen Hastings. "The judging route took about 2 hours but had the privilege of seeing a community filled with the holiday spirit and pride."

For Arntt, this wasn't the first time her home was decorated.

"I have done it every year since I moved into my own home," Arntt said. "I have decorated every year except for last year when I went to visit my daughter but yes I love Christmas time, it is my favorite holiday.

"I love Christmas."

One thing Arntt enjoys seeing is the joy her home gives to those driving by to see her decorations.

"When I see people seeing the lights and slowing down as they drive by to see it, it makes my heart full of happiness," she said. "I also like to enjoy the brightness and the lights of Christmas and the decorations, so to have others enjoy it as well just makes me happy."

After being named the 1st place winner, Arntt said, "I was very excited, it made me happy."

The 1st place prize winner received $200 Chamber Bucks with 2nd place receiving $100 Chamber Bucks.

According to Daily Globe advertising manager Lloyd Gum, this event will be a holiday fixture for years to come.

Hastings indicated that 39 homes participated in the inaugural event. The top-2 winners were also given yard signs to post in their yard indicating their win.

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