NEW HAVEN, W.Va. — It was the renewing of an old tradition, but obviously one that had been missed, as 27 families in New Haven vied for bragging rights to the best Christmas decorations in town.
Open to both businesses and residences, Recorder Roberta Hysell said she was pleased with the good turnout for the holiday decorating contest, which was last held in 2007.
The outside decorations were considered by out-of-town judges in two categories: most creative and traditional. First place winners received cash prizes of $75. Second place winners were given $50, and third place, $25.
Winning first place in the most creative category was This ‘n’ That Café on Fifth Street, with a candyland theme. Giant lollipops, candy and cupcakes decorated the restaurant.
Café owner Chasity Young said she was surprised she had won after driving around town because, she said, there were a lot of nice decorations. She added she had the candy theme in mind for her restaurant before she even knew there was a contest. Young said she decorates for every holiday and loves doing it.
Asked what she had in mind for her prize money, Young laughed, “Probably buy more decorations.”
First place winner in the traditional category was Sharon Pearson. Other winners were Peggy Johnson, second place, most creative; David and Erica Stewart, second place, traditional; Nelson Roush, third place, most creative; and Aaron and Lora Davis, third place, traditional.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing and lives in Mason County.