Competition. The Smithton Christmas Parade offered plenty of entertainment on Friday night as more than 50 vehicles were decked out for the occasion.
The Rotary Club of Smithton awarded first place to Farming Mums; second to Smithton Joeys; third to Rural Health’s HIPPY; fourth to the Minions; and fifth to the Marcello Family.
The Best Decorated Business Vehicle was awarded to Circular Head Office Supplies, while Kyron Poke won the Best Decorated Boy’s Bike.
The winners of Rotary’s inaugural ‘Christmas Lights Competition’ were also announced at the parade.
The winners were:
• Best Business Lights – Outside Party Hire (Emmett Street, Smithton)
• Best Lit House and Garden Residential – Graham Smith for 9 Wedge Street, Smithton
• Best Lit House and Garden Rural – Betty and Merv Kay at Mauds Road, Scotchtown
• Encouragement Award – Janet Oliver for 2 South Road, Mengha
• Grand Champion – The Gales at 310 Montagu Road, Smithton
According to Rotarian Julie Bernhagen, the judges had a difficult job in naming the winners.
“As there are so many people in Circular Head that light up their home for others to enjoy,” she said.
“A lot were reluctant to nominate themselves – and many nominations were received by people who loved the light display.”
On behalf of Rotary, she thanked everyone who took part and made the competition a success.
“The Christmas lights bring out the child in all of us,” she said. “The competition will be back bigger and better in 2016!”