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Light Up Carthage, Lighting Contest!

CWEP is proud to reintroduce the “Light Up Carthage” Lighting Contest. In 1938, CWEP first featured a lighting contest to bring the Carthage community together and spread holiday joy, and in honor of our 125th anniversary year, we decided to bring it back! Impress your neighbors and bring cheer to our Carthage community by decorating your home this holiday season. The most festive home in each ward inside city limits and one home outside city limits, will win a sign for their yard as best lit yard in the ward, an award as well as bragging rights for a full year! 

Rules: Entrants must be residential customers of CWEP and must enter to win. (CWEP employees are not eligible). To enter, visit our website ( or stop by our CWEP complex to fill out an entry form. All entries must be submitted by Friday, December 15th at 11:59 p.m. to be judged by CWEP on the evening of Monday, December 18th between 6pm - 8pm. Prizes will be awarded on Wednesday, December 20th. Get creative and let’s light up our hometown!

Carthage Press, December 13, 1938


RESULTS: Best Lit Homes in Carthage

All entries were judged on the following categories: First Impression, Creative Use of Lights, Decoration Placement/Props, Originality, & Design. The top home in each city ward/outside city limits was awarded a reflective yard sign so they can be easily identified by the community. Check out our winners & honorable mentions below!


Honorable Mentions


  1. 1225 S. River St.
  2. 1520 Grand Ave.


  1. 311 N Parsons
  2. 323 S. McGregor St.


  1. 2000 Beau Drive
  2. 1624 Liam St. 


  1. 1318 Wendy Lane
  2. 2441 Theo St. 


  1. 1630 Devin Dr.
  2. 1725 Grand Ave.


  1. 1038 W. Liberty St.
  2. 9737 County Lane 190


Thank you to everyone who participated in this Carthage favored tradition to celebrate 125 years of CWEP! We look forward to seeing the competition next year!

Be sure and take a drive around town to see all entries and their creative displays!

View all entries by area & interactive map HERE!

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