The Ohio County Convention, Tourism and Visitors Commission (Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism) announces their Fourth Annual Light Up Ohio County Residential Outdoor Holiday Decorating Contest. While the event will take place December 4 through January 1, the deadline to apply and judging occurs early. Completed applications can be mailed to Ohio County Tourism, PO Box 112, Rising Sun, IN 47040 or e-mailed to All submissions must be in by Tuesday, December 1 at noon. Weather permitting, judging will take place on December 2 and 3, with December 4 as a back up. Entry forms are now available inside the Tiny Tourism building located in the Visitors Center parking lot at 217 N. High Street in Rising Sun or by requesting them via e-mail to The deadline to apply is Tuesday, Dec. 1 at noon. There are no entry fees for participants, although a registration form must be submitted. Only entrants within the Ohio County limits are eligible to participate. Cash awards will be given to the top three decorated homes in Ohio County as deemed by the judges. Prizes include $250 first place; $175 second place; and $100 for third. Two $50 honorable mentions will be awarded at the judges’ discretion. At least two Neighborhood Awards will be available with winning residents receiving bragging rights. “We hope county residents will decorate to the hilt this holiday season. It has been an unusual year and we’d love to see things looking festive throughout Rising Sun/Ohio County,” said Kendal Miller, Rising Sun/Ohio County Tourism executive director. Individuals interested on being on the light trail but do not want their homes to be judged may also participate by filling out a registration form. A list of decorated trail homes will be released to the public after judging.