The Christmas lights competition is in full swing in Echuca-Moama.KATHLEEN TONINI December 14, 2012 4:34am
The streets of Echuca-Moama will be glowing with lights as part of the annual Christmas lights competition.
Run by Campaspe and Murray shires and Riverine Herald, the competition aims to find the best Christmas lights in the region.
A map of some of the houses which have been decorated can be found on page 22 in today’s edition.
Ange Upton, who has won the competition four years in a row, said decorating her house had become an addiction.
She changes her display each year, racking her brain to come up with new and more creative ideas.
She makes parts of her display by hand and puts an enormous amount of time, money and effort into making sure everything is just right.
‘‘Everything’s got to be straight and make sense, it’s got to tell a story.’’
For those new to the Christmas lights game, Ms Upton recommended scouring EBay for lights.
She said a lot could be done with just fairy lights and cable ties.
Over the years, (this is the ninth year she has decorated her house), Ms Upton has collected a small following of devoted Christmas lights-watchers.
‘‘They (kids) absolutely love my moving reindeer,’’ she said.
The house with the most reader votes for being best decorated will win $350, with $250 for the second best decorated house and $100 for third place.
A lucky voter, chosen randomly, will win $100.
Votes have to be in by December 28 and winners will be announced on December 31.
Anyone with photos of decorated houses is encouraged to send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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