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By Dellaray Hileman
Lite Up Kampsville concluded their second annual Lite Up The Village of Kampsville Christmas light contest Monday, Dec. 20, after the judges determined the worthy winners.
First place: The Pavillion
Second Place: Billy Grissom Titus
Third Place: Albert and Cherye Mellenthin
The Judges, Pennie and Tom Pohlman of Brussels carefully judged eight residential light displays and two business displays. The Pohlmans judged each house based on brightness, animation, creativity, placement, and holiday spirit.
Thomas stated that “all of the lights are so pretty” but he is “a sucker for multi-color lights.”
After judging eight houses and two businesses, the scores were added up and the winners were announced at the American Legion Hall in Kampsville.
The first place prize of $150 was awarded to The Pavillion (Mark and Debbie Becker). This was the Beckers second year entering the contest and their display included a Life sized santa, light-up icicles, projected Christmas animations, and lights of every color. Mark said their display will be bigger next year.
The $100 second place prize was presented to Billy Grissom Titus and the $75 third place prize was awarded to Albert and Cherye Mellenthin.
The Hometown Hero Award was presented to Bob and Margie Smith. The Smiths have been going all out with their Christmas decorations since 1980 and say that people from all over come to see their lights every year. Bob stated, “Putting up the decorations used to take weeks.” He now has help from his kids and grandkids who help him get the job done in just one day. Bob said he decorates because “the little kids like it,” and that his blow-up Olaf decoration is the current crowd pleaser.
James Palmer and Marcia Agney of the Lite Up Kampsville committee deemed this year’s contest an overall success stating that “There were over 70 houses and local businesses that have something outside with lights on their homes and businesses.” James added that this competition continues to grow. Not only does this competition bring people from all over to Kampsville it also engages the community and makes Kampsville a great place to live.