29th Marco Christmas Home and Business Decorating Contest Planned


The 29th Annual Marco Island Christmas Home and Business Decorating Contest Committee gathered at the Esplanade at CJ’s and Mango’s on July 20 to celebrate “Christmas in July” – an organized planning and socializing event by Judy Sacher, Committee Member.

After:Social scene: Newcomers lunch in July

Committee Chairman Dave Rice has announced the dates for the 2022 Christmas home and business decorating judging.

The 2022 competition schedule is as follows: December 12-14 – Preliminary judging will take place from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on all three nights. December 16 – Final judging wagon ride to select the 2022 Home Decor winner.

December 12 and 13: For the house decorating contest, the island is divided into nine zones and teams of judges select the best candidates in each zone by visiting all the streets on the island. A second round of preliminary judging on December 14 selects the top 10 of the top zone judging contenders.

The final judging to determine the 2022 champion will take place on December 16, and the judges will visit the top 10 homes via Santa’s Christmas cart. The Judges Bus leaves from the First Horizon Bank car park at 6:30 p.m., for those who wish to join the parade.

Says Rice, “We hope to surpass last year’s record number of homes (2,015) and businesses (150) judged last year as the ‘Light Up Christmas’ community.” ”

At the Christmas meeting in July, Rice welcomed and introduced to the committee new committee member Rachel Schenk, retailer relations manager for the Marco branch of First Horizon Bank. “Having a representative from First Horizon Bank is a great addition to the committee,” Rice said. First Horizon Bank is sponsoring the committee’s final evening kick-off event as the committee selects the 2022 winner.

After:Social scene: a purple month of July for Just Friends

The Christmas Decorating Committee will then meet in November at its annual potluck dinner to finalize plans and procedures for judging in 2022. Committee members include: Dave and Jeanne Rice, Bob Boland and Lyn Bedel, Bette McGilvray and Steve Josselyn, Marc Creach and Christina Lambros, Keith and Barbara Dameron, Sandy Dauch, Ken and Diane Honecker, Jerry Swiacki and Linda Turner, Larry and Judy Sacher, Bruce Robertson, Mary Vertin, Rachel Schenk, Jacki Stratego and Richard Droste, Carla and Mike Mickes, Lauri Kalanges, Betty Newman and Russ Simmons, Debbie and Marty Roddy.

The Christmas House and Business Decorating Committee is an independent organization funded by 29-year-old sponsor Lee County Electric Cooperative. Sponsorship of the Finals Social Party is provided by First Horizon Bank. The Marco Island Chamber of Commerce is instrumental in informing member companies of the details of the business competition.

For more information, contact Rice at [email protected]


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