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Lighting Of The Lake Returns With A Challenge For Neighborhoods

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The Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce announced that a new category has been added to the Lighting of the Lake Holiday Dock Decorating Contest. Not only will businesses and individual residents compete against each other. The Chamber is challenging neighborhoods to come together and enter their community piers.

Sponsored by Duke Energy, Lighting of the Lake was started last year with 15 registrants for the contest. According to organizers, there were at least 60 docks decorated and lit.

“We are hoping to see a lot more docks registered this year,” Chamber Executive Director Terri Dennison said. “Decorations must be up by December 4 and people can vote on their favorites until Sunday, December 19.”

Dennison added that the Lighting of the Lake is a great companion to the already popular Festival of Lights at Lu Mil Vineyard and one of the many activities planned as part of the “Bladen County Christmas – 30 Days of Celebrations”.

The contest is open to all residents, neighborhoods and businesses around White Lake. Rules for the contest are:

• Participants must register before Tuesday, November 30. Registrations are available on the Chamber’s website ( or at White Lake Marine. Registration forms can be dropped off at White Lake Town Hall’s drive thru and nightly deposit.

• Lights should be on a timer set for 6-10 p.m. daily.

• Lights should be up by Saturday, December 4 and stay up until at least Dec. 24.

There are four viewing points: White Lake Marine, Goldston’s Pier, Camp Clearwater and Timberlodge Pier. Signs will direct visitors to the viewpoints.

Visitor’s will have a chance to vote on their favorite online at the Chamber’s website until Sunday, Dec. 19 First, second and third place will be awarded in the Business and Residential category. One overall winner will be named in the Community Pier category. Winners will be announced the week of Dec. 21.