Christmas home decorating contest draws large participation

BURTON — If you see more Christmas decorations abound the city this year, it might have something to do with the city’s lighting contest.

The Burton Parks and Recreation Commission’s inaugural ‘Twas the Lights Before Christmas home decorating contest is being called a success so far.

At the commission’s Dec. 9 meeting, Parks and Recreation Director Amy Clous said 43 entries had been submitted so far with several days remaining before the contest deadline of Dec. 14.

“A lot of people are doing it, this year a lot more,” said Jim Craig, parks and recreation commission president. “Maybe the contest spurred them into action?”

Clous said her office has received lots of positive feedback. The entries were all due at 5 p.m. Dec. 14 and judging is expected to take place Dec. 17-18.

Five judges will be from the Burton Senior Center and will be taken around to the 40-plus homes in the city entered in the contest. Judges will be on two separate buses and will be socially-distanced for the tour.

The judges will decide the winner of the Clark W. Griswold (from the movie Christmas Vacation) Award and a $100 Visa gift card.

Commission member Jeremy Scharrer asked if there would be a Master List of the contest entries so people could go around Burton and see the homes lit up.

Clous said she will post the list on the Burton City Chat and Friends of Burton Parks and Rec Facebook pages. It will also be available at her office at city hall. Locations of the contest homes will be included on the list, but not the names of participants.

“It would be nice if we could offer a way for seniors to go out and look at (the lights),” said Scharrer. “Right now they’re stuck at home and can’t go out.”