Christmas Lights Dazzle

Ted Spinney’s home at 1007 W. Chatham Dr. won first place in the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest.

Ted Spinney’s home at 1007 W. Chatham Dr. won first place in the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest. Photo by Keith Morris. |

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When my editor asked me to take pictures of some of the area homes with the best holiday lights, it sounded like a lot of shivering and driving around in the dark. Turns out, it offered an opportunity to marvel at the effort some residents put into decorating their houses and yards.

I only had time to drive by a few houses before heading to a basketball game. Since I had the list of houses entered in the 2013 Chamber of Commerce Holiday Lighting Contest, and the top three placers, I went straight for No. 1.

That would be Ted Spinney’s home at 1007 W. Chatham Dr. It’s hard to miss. Wow, what a display.

The same goes for Don Linsley’s display at 908 E. Wade Circle, which took third place. But I was confused when I turned off Mud Springs onto Wade Circle. The street boasts four wonderfully-lit homes. But which one was Linsley’s? I started flashing away, only to have the homeowner at 912 E. Wade Circle emerge — and point me next door. He said he doesn’t enter the contest — since he doesn’t want to compete with his neighbor. He just gets into the spirit of things for the sake of his 17 grandkids.

I wished I’d had time to drive by Richard Kubiak’s display at 8720 Tonto Rim in Strawberry, which was the contest runner-up.

I hope to get up there soon, however, and may just try to check out a bunch of the other contest entrants. For a map showing the location of the 21 cheerfully lit homes, see the Payson Roundup's print edition.

Contest sponsors were: Home Depot, which did all the judging; Rim Country Guns, which provide the prize money; and Payson Senior Center, which provided its bus for the judging.

Comments

H. Wm. Rhea III 4 months ago

That's pretty! I'm gonna have to drive my wife and younger children over there to see that one. Who needs that Christmas Light Fight show on TV with so many nice displays right here in Payson.

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