SENECA FALLS, NY, DECEMBER 10, 2020 — All the votes are in, and the winners of the It’s A Wonderful Holiday Lights Contest in Seneca Falls have been tabulated. The contest, sponsored by the It’s A Wonderful Life Festival Committee, was judged by nine judges ranging from age 14 to 71, male and female, from all walks of life.
Each house scored points by the judges for: Attention to Detail; Creativity; Theme; Curb Appeal and Originality. The houses were entered by their owners into the category of their choosing. The Clarence Award -Your display is so bright, Clarence can see your lights from above!; The Uncle Billy Award – Best use of holiday characters (Frosty, Santa, Mrs. Claus, Rudolph, Buddy the Elf, etc.); Mr. Potter’s Award – Best traditional Christmas display that has an organized aesthetically pleasing appearance or theme; The Mary Bailey Award – Best use of non-lighting decoration (Holiday wreaths, garland, ribbons and bows.).
Unfortunately none of the contestants chose to compete for the MARY BAILEY AWARD.
“It’s a real shame we won’t be giving out the Mary Bailey Award,” said Allison Kelly one of the committee members, “we saw a large number of houses that would definitely have been perfect for that award.”
Three winners have been chosen for each category with the first place winner receiving $600, the second place winner receiving $300, and the third place winner receiving $100.
Winners of the CLARENCE AWARD are:
1st Place – Joe Dingledein at 75 Chapel St.,
2ndPlace – Christine Bethin at 2 Hep Dr.,
3rd Place – Renata Jones at 217 Fall St.
Winners of the UNCLE BILLY AWARD are:
1st Place – Mike Morganti at 14 John St.,
2ndPlace – Brittany Laird at 57 Mynderse St.,
3rd Place – Theresa Patchen at 22 Courtney Dr.
Winners of the MR. POTTER AWARD are:
1st Place – Jerry Antosh at 238 Fall St.,
2ndPlace – Shelly Bachman at 40 Chapel St., 3
rd Place – Jan Caraccilo at 13 Leland Dr.
Each contestant was additionally invited to submit a picture of their house to be eligible to win the Facebook Fan Favorite prize by receiving “likes” on the It’s a Wonderful Life Festival Facebook page. Over 3200 likes were received with a very close race towards the end for the favorite.
The winner of the $500 prize with 466 likes is Ryan VanDoran of 67 E. Bayard St.
Follow this LINK to view all the houses