Pilot story and photos by Bill Schlichting
Eight contestants have been chosen winners in four categories in the annual Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce Festival of Lights.
This year's contest had 19 entries for judges to scrutinize. Two homes were selected, as well as two commercial buildings, commercial windows and boats moored at the Port of Brookings Harbor. Winners will receive myrtlewood plaques presented by Les Cohen, executive director of the chamber.
Winning first place in the residential division was the home of Jason and Kristi Fulton at 857 Jodee Lane.
Jason Fulton said the family has entered the contest "for the past couple of years. This is the first year we've won."
The yard is decorated with lights on shrubbery and along the sidewalks. The house itself has lights from top to bottom. A cross of lights rests on the roof as a reminder that Christmas represents the birth of Jesus Christ.
"We want people to enjoy Christmas and remind them that it's not just about Santa, but the birth of Christ," Fulton said.
A manger scene has been added this year, Fulton said. Other decorations include trains and elves that were made by Kristi Fulton's father when she was a girl.
The Fultons began decorating their home right after Halloween.
Winning second place was the home of Bob and Donna Horton at 946 Timberline Drive. Decorations include lighted deer in the front yard and a rotating Christmas tree in a second-floor picture window.
Roger Thompson continues his Christmas spirit by adorning everything that could possibly be decorated around Driftwood RV Park on Lower Harbor Road at the Port of Brookings-Harbor.
New decorations include a lighted inflatable Santa and Snowman, which add to the park's standard decoration of Santa in his sleigh being pulled by a team of Chinook salmon.
Thompson has been adding to his decorative creation every year for about the past seven years.
Winning second place in the commercial building division was Curry Good Samaritan Center at 100 Park Ave.
Thousands of lights adorn nearly every side of the six-wing facility. Inside the building, each hall was decorated with a different theme.
First place in the commercial window competition was That Special Touch Florist at 1039 Chetco Ave.
Owner Linda Baldwin said this is probably the ninth time out of the 10 years she has owned the store that the business won in the window division. Last year's first place winner was At Home by the Sea, at 519 Chetco Ave., which won the second place award this year.
The flower shop window is decorated with snowmen painted by a friend of Baldwin's. The decoration was chosen because Northgate Plaza, where That Special Touch is located, entered the commercial building division and selected snowmen as its theme, Baldwin said.
The building did not place.
Baldwin said employees began decorating the shop in early November to coincide with the Community Christmas Bazaar and to have the job done before the busy Christmas season.
In the sport basin, the Peoria II was decorated with lights to win first place in the marine division. Ken Thompson's sailboat won second place.
The Peoria II is located in slip A-31. Ken Thompson's boat is in B-28.