Let's light up the community this holiday season!

The Social Center's judging for the Annual Arthur G. Hooper Decorating Contest is between 5 and 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

Homes and businesses in New Russia, Elizabethtown, and Lewis will be judged in categories of Most Original, Most Beautiful, and the Spirit of Christmas. Winners will have their names engraved on a permanent plaque and receive a gift from the Social Center.

Please contact the Center with your address if you wish to be included in our route or nominate a neighbor: 873-6408 or info@elizabethtownsocialcenter.org.

How to be a Contender


Many people ask how our winners are chosen. Our panel of judges varies each year and has different ideas for what winning decorations should look like. However, some tendencies seem consistent among judges from year-to-year. If you are looking for advice, here are our tips:


1. Contact us with your address. You do not need to sign up to win, but we cannot guarantee you will be on our route unless we know where you live.

2. Judges seem to prefer the look of incandescent lights over LEDs. No one is staunchly anti-LED, but a majority of winning decorations have been incandescent. Most judges do agree the two types should rarely be mixed. However, you can find LEDs that look very much like incandescent, like "warm white."

3. Judges seem to enjoy both all-white and multi-colored displays. One single color is rarely chosen as a winner.

4. Judges prefer a display which has an overall design with a sense of tidiness and uniformity. Displays with lots of varieties of lights and decorations randomly scattered about are not often selected.


5. Sometimes less is more. A yard chuck-full of organized decorations is all sorts of fun, and often a contender. But just as often, a small display that is unique and well-presented takes a prize.

These are just a few observations from past contests. The most important thing to remember is to create a design that you enjoy coming home to each night! We highly recommend ignoring our tips in favor of your personal preferences.

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