Ohio County Tourism Announces Light Up Ohio County Holiday Decorating Contest

It's time to get the Christmas lights out of the shed.

Shutterstock photo.

(Rising Sun, Ind.) – Is it too early to start talking about Christmas?

Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism does not think so by announcing their Fourth Annual Light Up Ohio County Residential Outdoor Holiday Decorating Contest.

Participation is open to all residents within the boundaries of the Ohio County limits. The are no entry fees to participate but pre-registration is required.

Applications are available at the Visitors Center’s Tiny Tourism Building at 217 N. High Street parking lot in Rising Sun or at www.enjoyrisingsun.com. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, December 1 at noon.

Cash awards will be given to the top three decorated homes in Ohio County. Prizes include $250 for first place; $175 for second place; and $100 for third place.

Two $50 honorable mention prizes will also be awarded at the judges’ discretion.

Judging criteria includes:

  • Unique design and creative use of lights and decorations
  • Story line or theme (optional)
  • Display and placement of decorations, animated objects, etc.
  • Overall presentation

“We hope county residents will decorate to the hilt this holiday season. It has been an unusual year and we’d love to see things looking festive throughout Rising Sun/Ohio County,” said Kendal Miller, Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism executive director.

Judging will take place on December 2 and 3, weather permitting.

Individuals interested in being on the light trail but don’t want their homes to be judged may also participate by filling out a registration form. A list of decorated trail homes will be released to the public after judging.

For more information, visit www.enjoyrisingsun.com.

More from Local News


New Haven Road Closure Announced

A sanitary sewer installation project is scheduled to last over three months.

Franklin County Commissioners Issue Burn Ban

The ban is due to a county-wide draught and high temperatures.

NWS: Never Leave Children, Pets Unattended in Vehicles

The National Weather Service in Wilmington is urging individuals to “look before you lock”.

East Central to Host 20+ Teams at Trojan Shootout

It has been a great summer for EC's girls teams: Varsity team going (7-3), JV (7-2), incoming 8th graders (5-1 in a JV league).

Goldsberry Hired as South Ripley Girls Varsity Basketball Head Coach

The Lady Raiders have won seven championships in the past five years.

First of Six SIRC Races Takes in Rushville

The Southeastern Indiana Racing Circuit returns June 29.

On Air

Chelsie playing
Luke Combs - Beautiful Crazy

Vince Gill What The Cowgirls Do 6:03
Fox News Fox News National Newscast 6:01
Thomas Rhett Star of the Show 5:58
Waylon Jennings Good Hearted Woman 5:55