2011 winners are:
• Home Decorating Winner: 1232 Fruitland Ave
• Business Property Decorating Winner: 493 Tallwood St., Building “A” Condo Association.
The Decorating Contest Final judging took place on December 16 by the entire committee and invited guest judges, Jenny Beuhrer, Bette McGilvray and Steve Josselyn.
Plaques were presented to the 10 Home Contest Finalists. The Winner of the Business Contest received a plaque and a yard sign for display. The House Decorating winner received a Championship plaque, yard sign and $500.00. LCEC staff member, Tricia Dorn presented the happy winners the $500 check. The committee met at the Centennial Bank, who as a sponsor provided “tailgate” food and beverages” before boarding sponsor, the Marco Island Trolley, provided by owner, Raul Rodriguez. The trolley was decorated and lighted for the finals by the Marco Island Florist.
The contest, chaired by Dave Rice since 1997, has been a tremendous success. Every year more and more of Marco Island’s residents and business owners get involved in contributing to the holiday spirit and the committees theme “Light Up Marco” The traditional car caravan, following the trolley to see the top 10 first hand joined in on the fun.
At both locations, family and friends were partying with food , beverages and lots of spirit. The committee joined each party to meet each group at the awards presentation.
The rules state that winners cannot repeat as winners for 5 years to ensure the opportunity for others to be successful. However, many prior winners still decorate and set very high standards for everyone. Addresses of the top contestants are provided for all to visit the homes during the holiday season