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Dachshund design to be latest addition to Holiday Festival of Lights

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A 7th grader at Rollings Middle School of the Arts in Summerville has won this year's Holiday Festival of Lights Display Design Contest.

Charleston County Parks officials said Summerville native Katherine Leigh Jackson submitted a drawing of a dog putting treats into a stocking. They said her drawing was inspired by her dog, Wally the miniature red long-haired dachshund, and she hopes that the display will encourage people to rescue and adopt pets.

Katherine says playing with Wally is one of her many hobbies, which also includes soccer, softball, basketball, swimming, reading. She also has a robo dwarf hamster named Bubbles and an older brother named Stephen.

The design contest has been awarding creative Lowcountry kids by turning their designs into dazzling displays of light since 2010. Because of space constraints, last year was the final year the contest was held.

"Finding space for displays has become an exercise in creativity, so ideas and consistent themes for new displays will come from in-house staff," a CCPRC release stated. "However, children's ideas submitted through the contest over the past five years have provided great inspiration for some favorite new light displays that make the festival even more varied and unique."

Past winners have included a Ferris wheel, a South Carolina state flag, a penguin sliding down an iceberg, a seal pup, and Charleston's own pineapple fountain.

The 2016 Holiday Festival of Lights will begin Nov. 11 at James Island County Park. It runs through January 1, 2017.

For more information on the Holiday Festival of Lights, call 843-795-4386 or visit CharlestonCountyParks.com.

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