Light up the house to win $100 in city contest

Lights and a yard display adorn a home last Christmas season in the 1300 block of East Sandstone Avenue in Hermiston.

’Twas the weeks before Christmas and all down the road, houses were lit for all to behold.

The Hermiston Chamber of Commerce and Hermiston Sears are hosting “The Lights Before Christmas Tour” to help brighten the holiday season. And the lucky winner will receive a $100 gift card from Sears.

The idea for the promotion was born last holiday season when “The Chamber Chicks” were out enjoying the holiday decorations.

“I was saying ‘Look at that,’ and we though,t wouldn’t it be fun if these were judged,” said Brooke Harshfield, Hermiston Chamber of Commerce office manager.

To enter, people need to decorate their residence and then take a digital photo and submit it to by Friday, Dec. 10. The cost to enter is $5 per home.

Photos will be posted at, and after Dec. 10 people will be able to go online to vote for their favorite entry. The address of the homes will not be posted on the website. The winner will be revealed on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 8:30 a.m. during the Odds & Ends program on KOHU 1360 AM.

“It doesn't have to be lit up with 10,000 watts of lights,” Harshfield said. “We want people to have fun with it.”

Participating homes must be within the Hermiston city limits and on a paved road.

“We are hoping this can become a yearly community tradition.” said Debbie Pedro, chamber executive director.

For more information, stop by the Hermiston Conference Center, 415 S. Highway 395, or call 541-567-6151.

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