Business groups announce winners in their Christmas home decorating contests

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Queens County’s business organizations have declared the winners in their respective Christmas home decorating contests.

The South Queens Chamber of Commerce (SQCC) and the North Queens Board of Trade (NQBT) each hosted Christmas home decorating contests this year.

The SQCC and the Christmas on the Mersey committee held their first Brighten Up Holiday Decorating Contest. Owners of 22 homes entered the contest that saw monetary prizes go to the top winners in three categories.

“We were excited about all the entries,” Heather Kelly, executive director with SQCC, said in a social media message. “There are so many wonderfully-decorated houses in Queens County. So much variety as well.”

The categories included Clark Griswold, Nostalgic and Most Unique.

Owners of the homes submitted their addresses and over the weekend of Dec. 17 to 19 judges MLA Kim Masland, Region of Queens Mayor Darlene Norman and Kerry Morash, president of the SQCC, chose the winners based on a set of criteria.

The winners of the Clark Griswold category were the owners of 216 Long Cove Road, Port Medway, entered by Melissa Penney.

“Of those entered, they had the greatest volume of lights. There were a wide variety of things wrapped up in lights,” commented the judges on the SQCC Facebook page.

The winner of the Nostalgic category was 103 Church Street, Liverpool, owned Barry Falkenham and Chris Hanley.

“Very big Norman Rockwell factor. Could be a Hallmark postcard,” commented the judges. “Extremely well planned and thought out.”

The winner of the most most uniquely decorated home was found at 2626 Shore Road, Western Head, owned by John and Bev Armstrong.

“Wow!!! So many blow-ups of various sizes and shapes,” said the judges. “This was very unique and different due to the extremely large number of inflatables illuminated with spotlights. Uncertain where one would place more!”


Meanwhile, the North Queens Board of Trade (NQBT) divided its area into five sections for its second annual Light Up North Queens home decorating contest.

Elves were tasked with choosing the top three home decorators in each of their sections during the same weekend. Top decorated homes were awarded gift vouchers from local businesses worth $100, $50 and $25.

“Thank you to all for your efforts to help make North Queens a brighter and more cheerful community,” the chair of the NQBT, Don Kimball, said in a Facebook post announcing the winners.

The first place winmers were Nichole and Jason Fancy, Tammy Weare-Wamboldt, Jayme and Blair Rawding, Roger Cunningham and Paul and Amanda Henderson.

Second place prizes went to Leigh and Cathy Merry, Penny and Jordan Uhlman, Trudy and Devon Smith, Tom and Joy Kaulback and Candace and Adam Flemming.

Third place prizes went to Chris and Alyssa Short, Katrina Ross and Jimmy McLean, Jimmy and Cindy Conway, Peter McInnis and Mya and Jamie Uhlman.

Kevin McBain, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, LighthouseNOW Progress Bulletin

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