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Christmas decorating contest returns

DOWNEY – After becoming a victim of budget cuts last year, Downey’s home decorating contest is making a comeback this holiday season.
At the request of Councilman Alex Saab, the contest is being revised to honor local homeowners who decorate their homes for Christmas.
The contest was eliminated last year as the city grappled with a $11.5 million budget deficit. It costs the city about $3,800 to hold the competition.
Entry forms will be accepted beginning in mid October and applications are due by the first week of December. Judging takes place the second week of December with more than a dozen awards up for grabs.
Originally started in the early 1980s by Councilman Randall Barb, the contest has averaged about 45 participants annually since 2008, though many were the same properties returning year-to-year, said Parks and Recreation Director Arlene Salazar.

Published: Sept. 26, 2013 – Volume 12 – Issue 24

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