READING, Pa., Jan. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- A Hanover, Pa., resident is the winner of Metropolitan Edison Company's (Met-Ed) third annual "Merry & Bright" Holiday Lights Photo Contest, a competition conducted on the company's Facebook page.
Grand prize winner Kevin Ohl received more than 730 votes out of more than 1,400 total votes cast on Facebook. He will receive a $250 gift card.
"Once again, participants in our 'Merry & Bright' Holiday Lights Photo Contest developed some of the most spectacular holiday scenes in eastern Pennsylvania," said Elaine Vincent, manager, Community Involvement, FirstEnergy. "Thank you to everyone who took the time to visit our Facebook page to enter the contest and vote for their favorite display."
Customers were encouraged to submit photos of their homes' outdoor lighting displays on the Met-Ed Facebook page during the first several weeks of December. Ten finalists were selected from all entries, and visitors to Met-Ed's Facebook page voted to select the winners.
Ohl and his family have been decorating their home during the holidays for 13 years, adding something new each year. The 2015 display included 40,000 lights along with penguins having a snowball fight, ponds with ducks and jumping fish, jumping gingerbread men, a flying angel, a mountain waterfall with deer and much more.
Each year, the Ohl family hosts an open house in December for area families to see the lights and visit with Santa. Santa hands out candy canes and the Ohl family supplies hot chocolate, cookies, Christmas music and a toasty fire to keep warm. When the tradition began 13 years ago, Santa handed out about 20 candy canes; today, he hands out more than 250.
"People come from all around to see Santa and the lights. The most amazing part of the event is witnessing all the children grow up through the years," Ohl said. "We would like to thank Met-Ed for selecting our home as a finalist, and for everyone who voted for us on Facebook."
First prize winner Gary Lerch, Jr., of Bath, Pa., received more than 360 votes on Facebook and will be awarded a $100 gift card. Lerch's display included 38,000 LED and incandescent lights that are programmed to music and 32 channels of computer animation. He plans to increase the number of lights to 50,000 next year.
Met-Ed is a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE). Met-Ed serves approximately 550,000 in 15 Pennsylvania counties. Learn more about Met-Ed at www.met-ed.com. Follow Met-Ed on Twitter @Met_Ed and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MetEdElectric.
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SOURCE FirstEnergy Corp.