Christmas spirit is bright this holiday season, just ask Howard County residents who are participating in the Big Mike’s KBest Christmas Lights Contest going on now.
Due to last year’s popularity, this year’s contest has expanded outside of Big Spring to all of Howard County thanks to the title sponsor Big Mike’s Farm Store.
Here, Mark Barr, Co-Owner of Big Mike’s Farm Store, told KBest News that it was important to him to expand the contest this year because he grew up in the conuntry and knows that there are several thousand people who live outside of Big Spring in the area. He noted that wanted to extend the opportunity to other Howard County communities such as Coahoma, Forsan, Vealmoor, Knott, Vincent, and Luthor.
Last year, Malinda Fleniken, Managing Partner at KBest Media, had an idea to help spread Christmas cheer with the Christmas Lights Contest. She noted that driving around looking at Christmas lights had been a tradition for some families. When there weren't many decorated houses to look at, she thought to offer extra Christmas cash to entice people to participate. The idea worked and has been spreading the Christmas spirit all over Big Spring, and now Howard County.
This year’s contest will be awarding over $10,000 in cash and prizes to 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in each of the 6 City Districts, each of the 4 County Precincts, and South Highland will be judged on its own and will only compete in with other South Highland entries. 1st place will win $500, 2nd place will win $250, and 3rd place will win $100 in each area, for a total of 33 cash winners. Everyone entering the contest will be eligible for Grand Prize – Holiday in San Antonio, that includes a stay at the Hilton, 6 Flags tickets, entry to the Alamo, and a river cruise, plus $100 gas cash to get you there and back.
Entries can be found at KBST.com, and at Big Mike’s Farm Store. The deadline to turn in the entries to KBest Media at 608 Johnson is 5 PM on Thursday, Dec. 13th.