A WENDOUREE display has won The Courier Christmas Lights competition readers choice award with a whopping 1478 votes.
Wendy Cooper’s light display won the prize 62 votes ahead of the runner-up, in a competition that attracted more than 7500 votes.
Her Sidbury Avenue display features numerous masonite statues including Mrs Claus and a North Pole sign.
“It’s a bit of a shock, I didn’t expect to win. My children love it and a lot of young families and the elderly just love it,” Ms Cooper said.
“It’s a lot of work but we have people coming past before it’s even dark, looking at it because I make a lot of statues.
“It’s fun to set it all up and get creative with the lights, especially with my little girl – she was singing Christmas songs when I was setting it up.”
After ‘liking’ a Facebook post for her favourite house, an unsuspecting Laura Bennett had her day made when she found out she won the ‘random voter’ award.
The self-confessed “lights girl” said she loved seeing how people decorated their houses.
“I didn’t even know I entered the competition, I just liked it on Facebook, so it was a pleasant surprise,” she said.
“I’ve been driving and doing different things at night and everytime I go home I take a different route so I can see more lights. I’m a bit of a lights girl.”
Ms Cooper won a cash and voucher prize totalling $1000.
Ms Bennett won a $200 Bunnings gift voucher and a hamper from Ryans IGA.