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Montgomery honors the top holiday lights in the village

The 3rd Annual Village Christmas Decorating Contest.  Some 160 nominations were recieved this year. 1897 Deer Run Dr. |

The 3rd Annual Village Christmas Decorating Contest. Some 160 nominations were recieved this year. 1897 Deer Run Dr. | Judy Pochel~For Sun-Times Media

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Updated: January 24, 2014 6:15AM

Holiday lights lovers turned out in force throughout the village of Montgomery recently, awarding homeowners who brought the spirit of the season to their neighbors with lights and season’s greetings.

What is being tagged the third annual Village Decorating Contest drew some 99 nominations for homes and six parkways this season.

Marion Bond, who was involved with the contest, said the first year some 30 nominations were received. Last year some 72 nominations resulted in 36 winners, leading to an avalanche of interest this year.

When the nominations were tabulated, some 160 entries resulted in a total of 106 different homes and six parkways for judging. Several homes received multiple submissions, with one location getting nine nominations.

While there isn’t a “first place winner” in the contest, those who were judged as “going an extra mile” were awarded. Village volunteers knocked on each door of the winning homes. If the occupants answered their doors they were given a letter from the village proclaiming their home as a winner. If no one came to the door, a letter was left for them.

All winning homes were given a bright red yard sign proclaiming that the property was a winner in the contest.

Judges said criteria utilized in the contest included “overall impression, seasonal, eye catching but not overdone,” said Judy Brown.

Judge Susan Loberg said sometimes more simplistic decorations are the best. “It is simple and not overstated,” is what she said regarding one of the winning homes located at 1897 Deer Run Drive.

Judge Robyn Strait said the winning home at 138 Briarcliff Road resembled a gingerbread house.

“It took a lot of time,” she said.

Nominations for the contest were received in a variety of ways this year. Residents could nominate themselves or a neighbor and were asked to do so either on the village website or by calling the village.

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