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Holiday Decorating Contest Rules

Who: Middleridge and Keys Crossing residents who are Middleridge Civic Association members (must have joined before October 31). Winners of an award from the previous two years are ineligible for this year’s awards but are encouraged to participate as judges for the contest.

When: Saturday, December 16, 2017, 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM. Please have your light displays ready and working during these hours if you wish to participate in the judging contest. (Rain date will be Sunday, December 17, 2017).

Judging Categories/Criteria Williamsburg Award – Decorations are in the classic Williamsburg style. All lights must be white – no colored lights. May use candles, evergreens (real or artificial), ribbons and fruit displays over doorways, windows, etc. Spotlights may be used to enhance the appearance of the evergreen or fruit displays. Figures are not included in this display category.

Traditional Award – Lights can be any color, any style and may frame the house, and/or be draped over bushes, trees or other parts of the yard and home. Figures, like Santa, snowman, deer or other seasonal creatures may be used but not to excess. Spotlights may be used to enhance the display.

Wattage Award – Consists of large, extensive display of colored and/or white lights and figures (animated or not). Can include lights on the house, roof, trees, bushes, fences, walkways, basketball hoops or other yard features. It is all about volume, with a touch of amazement.

Judges Special Award – Awarded to a home that uses a unique technique to achieve a special decorative and/or festive holiday display. This may include styles or themes that do not quite fit any of the above categories or may be a mixture of several categories.

Group Award – Awarded to a group of three or more houses that are similarly decorated and that present a consistent look for the Holiday spirit. Any tasteful decorating style can be used. Each house will receive recognition.

Prizes – Each category will have one grand prize winner that will receive a lovely holiday gift, compliments of the Middleridge Civic Association. Group Award winners remain eligible for individual awards. Winners will be notified the night of judging and a sign will be placed in the front yard of the winning homes. This information will also be posted at the main entrances to Middleridge as well as on the website and in the newsletter.