Corner Brook -
The Corner Brook Winter Carnival committee is looking for the best-decorated house in Corner Brook.
The 39th annual Carnival runs from Feb. 19-28 and the 2010 organizing committee is asking residents of Corner Brook to keep their Christmas lights up in celebration of this event.
The mild weather we are experiencing may be an incentive for people to pack away all their decorations before the deep freeze of winter sets in, but the committee hopes people will just pack Santa and the reindeer away and leave the lights out for this year's Carnival.
Local businesses are also encouraged to get into the spirit of Carnival and create some winter themed displays that will contribute to the festive environment.
As an incentive for people to participate, the committee is issuing a community challenge. A panel of judges is being assembled and the top three best-decorated houses will be acknowledged.
Donna Luther, snow sculptures and city lights co-ordinator, will be posting further details about the challenge on the website www.cornerbrookwintercarnival.com.
"Carnival has such a magical feel when the community participates in this festival of lights," Carnival chair Denise Allain said in a prepared statement. "After all the energy and excitement of Christmas winds down, turning your lights back on at the end of February is another celebration to look forward to. At the time of year when people need a boost, the excitement and beauty of the lights really helps to rejuvenate people's spirit."