Whether you can barely plug two strings of light sets together or if your display would make the great Clark W. Griswold envious...you're encouraged to enter this contest!

Evansdale's 1st lighting contest is now open for registration through Sunday, December 2. It is a free contest open to all residents of Evansdale. There will be four categories with prizes and trophies awarded. The categories are Simple, Elegant, Gaudy and "People's Choice". Voting will take place from December 3 to December 22 at noon. Prizes and awards will be handed out December 22 after 7 p.m.

As an Evansdale resident myself, I've already entered this contest...and I'm going to win! (Yes, that's some "Christmas light decorating smack talk" right there) Naturally, you'd think I would try for the "Gaudy" award, (since Clark Griswold is my hero) but I think I'm just going for the "Simple" award. Decorating my house is one of my favorite things to do this time of the year. Why else would I stand outside freezing to death? Most importantly, make sure to ask/make/bribe your kids to help you, it's an important life skill to pass down the generations! Stick them to untangle the lights ala the movie "Christmas Vacation". (Credit-Youtube)

Clark W. Griswold:

Dad, you taught me everything I know about exterior illumination.

To register, text your name and address to Rooney Mahan at 319-939-3350
or click here Evansdale Christmas Light Showdown for more information on how to register and how to vote, and a list of rules.