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.