Expecting lots of company this Thanksgiving? Let SpringHill Suites by Marriott help you with the crowd control.

The hotel, which has a location in Gahanna, is offering free hotel stays to the family that produces the best video explaining why they need extra room during the holidays.

Three winners will receive a grand prize of two SpringHill Suites rooms at a location of their choice for four nights during the Thanksgiving holiday plus a $150 Amex gift card.

Families interested in entering the contest need to produce a YouTube video of themselves explaining why they need extra space for the weekend. Videos must be submitted by Oct. 31.

The public will vote on the best videos from Nov. 1 to Nov. 7. A panel of judges will choose the final three winners out of 10 finalists determined by the voting public.

Winners will be announced Nov. 10. All videos will be judged on originality, technical execution, persuasiveness and creativity.

Visit www.savemyholidaycontest.com/ for more details.

--Melissa Kossler Dutton, contributing writer for Columbus Parent