Gold Beach Main Street, a group created to make the town more attractive, recently held its third annual Small-Town Christmas lights competition, with residents selecting the winners from more than 11 homes and 16 businesses.

This year, the event was expanded to include the residential area of the city.

In the residential category, voters gave first place to Donna, Brad and Colton Wentworth, second place to Barbara Floyd and third place prize to Wally Hartman. Prizes include donations from Indian Creek Cafe, Dumire’s Bliss, Rachel’s Coffeehouse, McKays, Sunset Pizza, The Chowder House, Spinners, Landing at the Rogue and the Rogue Outdoor Store.

“We’ve been doing this since I was 2 years old, and look forward to doing it every year,” said Colton Wentworth. “It feels like we’re the Griswolds of Vera Street.”

The small business prize was awarded to CarQuest Auto Parts, and the large business/corporate prize was awarded to Coos-Curry Electric. Both were awarded plaques donated by Mike Merica of Rogue River Myrtlewood.

Gold Beach Main Street Board extended its gratitude to participants who lit up town, notably Jerry’s Jet Boats, Gold Beach Visitor’s Center, Creative Soul and the volunteers who decorated the street and staged the competition.

“I am looking forward to making it even bigger and better in the coming years,” said committee volunteer Dorothy Antunes. “I’m excited that there were so many residents participating in my first year of volunteering. I feel proud to have been a part of making Gold Beach twinkle”

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