‘A special place at Christmas’
On a quiet and dark December night, the North Catasauqua Betterment Committee set out to judge the 12th annual North Catasauqua small Town USA Holiday Home Decorating Contest.
The committee toured the borough, viewing the 28 homes entered in the contest. The designs varied from simple to elaborate as they helped to make North Catasauqua sparkle and shine brightly for the holiday season.
“North Catasauqua might be a small borough, but we have many residents who really like to decorate and show off their holiday spirit,” said Joseph T. Keglovits, North Catasauqua Betterment Committee member.
There were many new entries this year, and the variety of displays made picking winners much more difficult and interesting for the judges.
Some of the highlights of the entries included neon Mickey and Minnie Mouse silhouettes, Santa Claus holding an American flag, beautiful manger scenes, a lot of polar bears, penguins and snowmen and the famous leg lamp from “A Christmas Story.” A few homes went all out and decorated the roof with strands of lights.
The winners of the 2018 North Catasauqua small Town USA Holiday Home Decorating Contest are as follows:
• First-place, large residence: Brian Pluchinsky, 726 Hunter St. This holiday display has a lot to look at and definitely has the “wow” effect. Be sure to look for Santa and his sleigh on the roof.
• First-place, small residence: Donald and Karen Kulp, 1081 Sixth St. Christmas at the North Pole is what came to mind with this display. There are children sliding down a hill and a big snowman in the yard with a North Pole sign.
• Second place: Paul and Jana Fassbender, 1007 Third St. The judges liked this display, with the Christmas lights neatly lined up around various places of the home. Look for Santa and his reindeer on the roof and the carolers and candy canes near the porch. The neon “Merry Christmas” sign added a special touch to this display.
• Third place: Glen Longenhagen, 1251 Seventh St. With a theme of red and white lights, this display is neatly done with lights on the house and the trees in the yard. The centerpiece of this display is the beautiful manger scene in the yard.
• Judges’ honorable mention: Cory and Angela Roth, 1166 Howertown Road. Icicle lights trim this home, which features a manger in the yard, along with LED deer and Santa’s sleigh. Be sure to look for the animated rocking horse in the window.
All of this year’s contest winners will receive gift cards. The first-place winners will receive a framed photo of their display.
Keglovits said it was once again difficult deciding the winners this year, as all of the contestants had wonderful displays and were very creative.
“The homeowners get more and more creative and elaborate with their displays,” he said. “Each of these entries and displays simply add to the beauty of the holiday season in North Catasauqua, and definitely make small Town USA a special place at Christmas.”
The homes were nominated by email or on Facebook via the North Catasauqua page by neighbors, friends or by the homeowners themselves.
The homes of the winners and all of the contestants may be viewed as part of the 2018 North Catasauqua small Town USA Holiday Lights self-tour (see details at right), which runs through the end of the holiday season. The public is invited to stop by North Catasauqua Borough Hall, 1066 Fourth St., and pick up a self-tour guide that allows them to travel around the borough at their own pace. The free guides are also available at northcatasauquabettermentcommittee.webs.com.
The North Catasauqua Betterment Committee thanks the contestants for entering the contest this year and wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.