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HOLIDAY CHEER

Chamber announces Christmas Lights Contest winners

Submitted photos The First Place Residential winners are the John Teter Family of 123 Flyer Lane in Bowden.

ELKINS — The Chamber announced the winners of the 2021 Christmas Lights Display Contest held throughout Randolph County. The second annual contest was divided into business and residential competitions. Both cash and merit prizes were awarded.

For five evenings in December, the contest judges traveled throughout Elkins & Randolph County to see and score the entries.

Chamber Executive Director Lisa Wood noted, “The 10 volunteer judges were thrilled to see so many businesses and homes “lit up” this year! They had a difficult job with so many beautiful and exciting light displays throughout the area.”

This year’s residential winners were:

First Place, the Teter family of 123 Flyer Lane, Bowden;

The Business Merit Award winner is ‘Traditional Shop Window’ at 117 3rd Street. Representing Our Town, the Emma Scott Garden Club, Master Gardeners and Kump House volunteers are, from left, Judy Guye, Katy McClane, Linda Shomo and Bobbi Trimboli.

Second Place, the Morgan family of 20 Karlen Road, Helvetia;

Third Place, the Plishka Family of 102 Maryland Avenue, Elkins.

Residential Merit Awards:

“Christmas Kaleidoscope” 430 Wilson Street, “Best Country Christmas” 1485 Glady Fork Road, Bowden; “Tiny Tim” 111 Central Street, Elkins; “Old-Fashioned Christmas” 506 Central Street, Elkins; “Winter Wonderland” 109 Wilton Avenue, Elkins; “Weiner! Weiner! Chicken Dinner” 135 Heavner Avenue, Elkins; “Frozen Castle” 16 Moore Street, Elkins; “Best Projection” 74 Garden Street, Elkins; “Best Theme” 1016 S. Kerens Avenue, Elkins; and “Dickens Christmas” 367 Indianola Avenue, Elkins.

Business award winners were:

Marsha and Mark Doak, owners of Common Door, are the First Place Business winners.

First Place, Common Door;

Second Place, Johnson Realty;

Third Place (tie) Southern States and Elkins Rehabilitation & Care Center.

Businesses receiving Merit Awards include “Best Christmas Zoo” Allegheny Equine & Vet Services and “Traditional Shop Window” for Elkins Sewing Center, Judy Law Offices, and a shared display at 117 3rd Street by the Emma Scott Garden Club, Our Town, Master Gardeners, and Kump House volunteers.

The Chamber appreciates all the participants and encourages community members to start planning next year’s light displays now.

Jonathan Kyle, Chamber Board president, right, presents the Second Place Residential Award to Thrayron and Russell Morgan and their family of 20 Karlen Road, Helvetia.

The Chamber is partnering with other organizations in the area to promote our area as “West Virginia’s Christmas Community.” It’s an idea that could increase the local economy while simultaneously bringing joy to our residents.

“The light display contest, the Christmas parade, the gnomes downtown, the train rides, the performances at the Gandy Dancer and the Old Brick Playhouse, the city’s snowflakes, the Depot’s light display, and the decorations throughout the county — these events, and others still in the visioning stage, can aid us in making that idea a reality,” Wood stated.

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