2018 Holiday Decorating Contest

Our goal is to foster a sense of community and neighborhood beautification by rewarding residents and business owners who go above-and-beyond in decorating their homes or businesses for the holiday season. This event is intended to be fun, festive, and fulfilling! 

Check out the contestants here!

We have five gorgeous Midtown properties competing this year:

Becky Esworthy: 227 Reily Street
Stephanie Godinez: 213 Boas
Garret Harner: 314 Boas Street
John Kern: 223 Herr Street
Tatsiana Siauko: 1401 Wyeth Street

YOU can vote for your favorite property for our People’s Choice Award by going to: https://chuffed.org/proje…/friends-of-midtown-beautification

$1.00 = 1 vote

When you vote (okay, fine, donate) make sure you leave a comment of where you want your votes to go!

All proceeds benefit beautification efforts in Midtown! Think of all of the wonderful things we have done this year — from planting 20 trees to removing graffiti to monthly cleanups and weeding the Sunken Gardens. We have been busy, and we rely on volunteers and donations to make our projects a success.

We are also thrilled this year to have our two honored formal judges John Traynor, owner of HMAC and president of Midtown Action Council, and Kate Moyer, president of Friends of Midtown. John and Kate will be using their professional judging skills this week to select the best decorated house for the formal judging contest. Because why have only one award, when you can have two?

We want to thank YOU and all of our competitors for a great year! Let the judging begin!

Our goal is to foster a sense of community and neighborhood beautification by rewarding residents and business owners who go above-and-beyond in decorating their homes or businesses for the holiday season. This event is intended to be fun, festive, and fulfilling! 

All Midtown Harrisburg properties are eligible, excepting any property owned by or employing a judge.

Competing locations must be registered by November 30, 2018 & decorated by December 6, 2018.

Judging will begin December 9, 2018.

There will be two judging methods:

  1. Formal Judging: Judges selected by Friends of Midtown’s Beautification Committee will tour the community between December 8th and December 15th and rank homes and businesses based on overall appearance.  The top site will receive an award and recognition.
  2. People’s Choice Award: Members of the public have December 8-15 to get out and see their neighbor’s creativity and vote for their favorite(s)!  The People’s Choice Award will be determined by online voting.  Any person can purchase as many ballots as he or she wants, and can vote as many times as desired (all proceeds will benefit Friends of Midtown’s Beautification efforts)!  The winner will receive an award and recognition.

Homes and businesses will be judged based on outdoor decorations only

Judges will not enter your property.

To compete, you must complete the 2018 Holiday Decorating Contest Rules-Application and submit it via email to beautification@friendsofmidtown.org by November 30th 2018. 

IMPORTANT DATES:

November 30th 2018:  Applications must be submitted by close of business to beautification@friendsofmidtown.org.  Once a resident has filed the application, they will be sent a sign that will indicate participation in FOM’s Holiday Decorating Contest.

December 6th 2018:  Houses must be decorated for judging, and photo of the home must be sent to beautification@friendsofmidtown.org.

December 8th – December 15th 2018:  Voting will occur online  (Votes are cast by making a donation in support of your favorite residence or business decoration.  The public can ‘vote’ as many times for as many different properties as they wish.