Now in its ninth year, the Bert Rees Lighting Contest continues to get entries that range from the high-tech to handmade.
“We have seen some incredible displays with music, where the lights are programmed to move and dance to the tunes,” said Chay Rees Runnels, daughter of the contest namesake Bert Rees, an SFA professor and jeweler who wowed his neighbors with elaborate holiday displays, many of them handmade, until his death in 2011. “The light projectors are also popular. We love to see handmade displays like my dad did, and we really encourage people to just put one string of lights up to brighten up our neighborhoods.”
Online nominations have been made easier this year, but photos and addresses can also be emailed to email@example.com, Runnels says.
“Photos are best taken right at sunset, before it gets too dark,” she said.
Nacogdoches residents are encouraged to nominate themselves or their neighbors for the contest. First, second and third places will be awarded in both People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice. Prizes are sponsored by Reese Jewelry, the business owned by Ree’s widow, Charlene.
A map showing the location of the entries will be posted and updated daily on Facebook under the Bert Rees Lighting Contest page. Voting in the People’s Choice division began Tuesday and will continue on the Facebook page through Dec. 21, with one vote per IP address or device per day allowed.
Winners will be announced on Dec. 22. For more information, email NacLights@gmail.com.