Christmas display winner 'honoured' by choice
CHRISTMAS has come early for two Gympie families thanks to their award-winning spectacular festive light displays shining bright into the night this holiday season.
As entrants in The Gympie Times Light Up for Christmas 2016 competition, Elwyn Cumner of 75 Gympie View Dr claimed the judge's choice, while Evelyn and Debbie Weier of 10 Heather St took home the people's choice.
For their efforts, both families have won $300 vouchers for Sunshine Mitre 10 Gympie.
Judges highlighted Mr Cumner's display as being "fun for all the little kids”, while the "synchronised” nature of the display was a particular highlight.
Mr Cumner said he was "honoured” to have won the judge's choice, but said the real driving force was to see the joy on children's faces - which never ceased to bring a smile to his own.
"We're a pair of kids at heart I think,” he laughed.
The display had taken six or seven weeks to set-up, he said, and the process had been a family affair.
It had not gone unappreciated by Gympie though, he said, averaging more than 100 people stopping by every night.
On what their plans were for the winings, he said they had come to a compromise: more pot plants for Mrs Cumner, and more Christmas lights for him.
For the Weier's display, the judges said it had made an immediate impact from the moment they set eyes on it.
"When you drove up to that one it was like 'wow!',” one of the judges said.
The judges also pointed out the Weier's had done an amazing job of encouraging people to travel along the driveway and onto the property, creating a "meticulous” show which sparked the imagination.
Debbie Weier said she was thrilled to win the people's choice, and had already earmarked the prize for use in her bathroom remodelling plan.
She also said she was hugely grateful to her neighbours Col and Deb Gluch, who she said had been an amazing help in setting up the display.
The judges said they were impressed with the high quality of competition this year.
"Everyone put in an awesome effort. It was very difficult to judge.”
Along with the two Christmas light winners, four voters were also chosen at random as winners of $100 vouchers for Sunshine Mitre 10 Gympie.