Akron Holiday Lighting Contest to raise funds for Lefty Swift Playground

Posted November 28, 2013 at 6:00 am

Grab some lights, garland, inflatables and whatever else your family desires to decorate your Akron property for the Christmas season.

There is a holiday lighting contest being held in the City of Akron so let your inner spirit of Clark W. Griswold of the 1989 National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie fame loose.

In case the Griswold spirit has faded from any Akron resident’s memory bank, Chevy Chase portrayed this character who decorated his house with 25,000 imported Italian twinkle lights, which temporarily caused all of Chicago to have a power shortage requiring nuclear energy backup, according to Wikipedia.com.

Akron Public Works Director Gary Horton thinks the town’s electrical system can easily handle a few houses lit up like Griswold so enter the contest, which is a fundraiser for the Lefty Swift Park improvements.

Four local Akron Area Chamber of Commerce businesses are sponsoring the contest: Akron Gold And Silver, Britton Chiropractic & Rehab Clinic, Hawarden Regional Healthcare, and Security National Bank.

The Akron Area Chamber of Commerce is providing the prizes: first place, $50 in Chamber Bucks; second place, $30 of Chamber Bucks; and third place, $20 in Chamber Bucks, which can be spent at any of the Chamber members’ 45-plus establishments.

But first and most important: Be sure to enter the contest by contacting Holiday Lighting Contest Coordinator Jessica Meinen by calling 568-2110 or via email at jes13@hickorytech.net or stop by Akron City Hall.

There is a $25 entry fee per house with all proceeds going toward the Lefty Swift Park Improvements. The money will be used to purchase new playground equipment for the Lefty Swift Ball Field.

The contest entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 6, and the judging will take place from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10.

According to Meinen, the judges will be looking at the “overall holiday scene” at each house, not just the number of lights.

The winners will be announced Dec. 12 and in the Christmas edition of The Akron Hometowner.

Let’s turn Akron into a town of “good old-fashioned family Christmas” as Griswold did.

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