This year has been such a bummer for so many reasons, but we had the holiday season to look forward to - and that's why we set up Light Up Montana, the contest where we took submissions from the listeners to see who had the best holiday light display! In a year that took such a dark turn, it was pretty great to see a little light in the world.

You sent them in, we looked at each one, and now we've finally figured out the winner for Light Up Montana 2020. Congrats to Mike Steele, who won by a unanimous vote from our panel of judges!

Mike now has the bragging rights to say he's got the best holiday light display in all of western Montana, but only that, he's walking away with a cool $500, courtesy of Republic Services!

Photo courtesy of Mike Steele

We want to thank everybody who participated in Light Up Montana 2020 - we had so many great submissions, and there were a few others that came close, but in the end, we all felt that Mike's display was the true champion. The craziest part: the photo you're looking at isn't even the final design. When we called him to tell him the news, Mike said that he tweaked it and added a little more AFTER he submitted the photo!

And of course, thanks to Republic Services, TrailWest Bank, and Missoula Pediatric Dentistry for being a part of this incredible contest.

Think you've got what it takes to win the title next year? Christmas lights are probably going on sale right around December 26th, it's a good time to start hoarding and preparing for Light Up Montana 2021!

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