In 2001 Nathan Bentley decorated his home and yard with lights because he liked to do that.

People came to see, and that led to the large display in Downtown Duluth. In the spirit of that backyard display, A Sweet Event is now encouraging folks in northern Minnesota and Wisconsin to enter the Christmas Lighting Challenge! The homes will be put on a map and published so everyone can climb into the car and go see them.

The lighting contest used to be a big deal then fell from view several years ago. The Lighting Challenge was reinstated by A Sweet Event in 2015 heeding the community’s desire to see this event during the holiday season.

Bentleyville continues to join A Sweet Event to promote the Lighting Challenge. So do other sponsors. The time is now to enter your home is the challenge.The contest is free to enter and voting which is done by the community for homes and businesses begins November 30th. Winners will receive special recognition at an award ceremony, gift basket and award. Entry for lighting challenge begins November 1st and takes place on the Sweet Event Website.