The Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee met recently at the home of William and Liz Doyle for final preparations for the 14th Annual Decorating Contest. Enthusiasm is building among Marco Island residents as they noted by early decorations already displayed.
In 2009, the contest included over 1200 homes, 100 businesses and 40 condominiums judged. Marco Island has long been noted for the many outstanding Christmas decorated homes. Residents and visitors alike increase their Christmas spirit by driving around the Island to see the innovative decorations.
The contest is an independent Florida Corporation operated by members of the committee, funded and supported financially by sponsors and the committee members.
The only requirement to enter the contest is the decorations must be lit up from 6:30 to 10:30 pm on the four judging nights – December 13, 14, 15 and 17 – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
Preliminary Judging – Monday – Tuesday, December 13 and 14 6:30 to 10:30 PM
“Judging the winner in the House and Business Decorating Contest is a difficult task, and one that the Decorating Judges take very seriously”, said Jeanne Rice, Co-Chairman.
For the House Decorating Contest, the committee divides the Island into 9 geographic areas with 9 teams of volunteers who travel on every road for the preliminaries and selects the top candidates from 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM.
Top Ten Judging – Wednesday, December 15 6:30 PM to 10:30 PM
Of the top candidates in each area selected in the preliminary judging, the top 10 will be will be selected and make it to the finals. Individual businesses enjoy their own contest as the committee continually strives to “Light Up Marco”.
Final Judging – Friday, December 17 6:30 -10:30 PM
The Finalistss are judged by the entire membership of the House Decorating Committee riding on the Marco Trolley – decorated for the evening by Marco Island Florist. Typically, a car caravan follows the trolley so they get to see the 10 best homes. Join the caravan if you wish!
The night of the Finals, the top 10 receive a Finalist Plaque. The winner of the House Contest receives a check for $500. The House Winner and the Business Winner each receive the traditional Yard Sign and a Winners Plaque. The addresses of the finalists and a mention of others “worth viewing” will be provided to the local media so “Christmas Revelers” from all over Collier County may drive around Marco and view the wonderful decorations.
Committee Judges and Sponsors
The Judges for the contest are: Bob Boland, Carla and Mike Mickes, Donna and Jim Rohrbach, Nancy and Joe Carrington, Judy and Larry Sacher, Debbie and Marty Roddy, Susan and Ken Kubat, Jeanne & Dave Rice, Ann & Dick Niess, Paula & Richard Robinson, Dottie Wiener, Tricia Dorn, Liz and Bill Doyle, Ken and Diane Honecker, Jerry Swiacki, Linda Turner, and Diane Aruta’s staff at Centennial Bank. The event is sponsored by LCEC, the Marco Island Trolley and Centennial Bank.
Previous winners must wait 5 years before being eligible for winning again. For additional information and sponsorship availability contact – Chairperson, Dave Rice, 250-2175 or firstname.lastname@example.org.