Julia Peterson and her family were overjoyed to win the GEBE Christmas Lighting Competition for the second year in a row. GEBE managing director, William Brooks, congratulated her saying, "Ms. Peterson said already that she was coming back again this year" as he presented her with the $1500 check for winning first place.

The Cole Bay display could not be missed and has drawn a lot of attention from the community and even the German media. "Our yard was always full of people," Peterson stated, as passersby came with their children to take photos, enjoy the music and get in the Christmas spirit.

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The winners were chosen by a panel of judges based on five criteria, namely first impression, special effects, traditional or cultural display, creativity and the use of energy saving technology such as LED lighting. Marcia Williams received the second prize of $1000 for her lighting display in Saunders. Melda Carty received the third place prize of $500 for her home display on Rueben Pantophlet road in Philipsburg.

Richmer York, 15, was the youngest winner of the 2008 competition walking away with the popular prize, a $500 gift certificate at Klass electronics. "My friends encouraged me to participate and said my house looked like a winner," York explained, "so I signed up and won. I am quite proud of myself." His home in Suckergarden received the most votes in the online and newspaper voting competition.

GEBE encouraged the community to Save Some Green by using energy saving technology such as LED Christmas lights when decorating since they run 90% more efficient and save money and the environment. The lights were available at Ace, Cost U Less, Electec and Kwik Bargains. "We are really happy with the participation on this year and we are looking to make the 2009 Christmas Lighting Competition even more exciting."