"It's always a real treat to see the excitement in the kids' eyes when they bring in their masterpieces," said Pam Jumonville who mans the front desk at the McPherson Convention and Visitors Bureau. Seeing the entries come in always puts the staff in a holiday mood, but they take the contest judging very seriously.
This year was another tough competition with so many exceptional entries -- 124 in all.
"That makes our decision difficult; to pick one out of each age category that seems 'better' than the others. It is a very subjective call," said Cindy Kinnamon who helped judge the entries.
In light of so many excellent entries, the CVB decided to award first and second place prizes in each category for the first time:
Results: Age 0-4, 1-Lucy, 2-Madelyn. Age 5-7: 1-Brooke, 2-Cora. Age 8-10: 1-Sydney, 2-Myles. Age 11-13: 1-Ava, 2-Lorenzo.
1st place winners will receive a one-hour ride on the trolley to view the Christmas Lights in McPherson. 2nd place winners will receive two tickets to ride the regularly scheduled Holiday Lights Trolley Tour. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who took the time to enter. All entries can be viewed online at Facebook.com/visitmac