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December 11, 2012

Farmington events showcase Christmas spirit

‘Yard of the Season’, cookie contest, parade included in festivities

FAIRMONT — It’s beginning to look a lot like the holidays in Farmington, and this week will bring even more holiday spirit to the town.

Donna Costello, mayor of Farmington, said the town has many events going on Thursday through Saturday.

On Thursday, the “Yard of the Season” will be chosen in Farmington.

“It’s to give some recognition to a resident here in Farmington,” Costello said. “It’s for their efforts in helping light up the heart of Marion County and showing their Christmas spirit.”

Three judges — individuals who are not from Farmington — and Costello will drive around the town looking at decorations starting at dark, so she said residents should be sure to have their displays lit.

Costello said the contest isn’t about the number of lights displayed on a house or in a yard or how extravagant the displays are — it’s about showing Christmas spirit.

“There’s no criteria,” she said. “It’s basically what (the judges) like. I might drive back to a place three or four times before they can pick.”

Once a winner is chosen, the judges and Costello get out of the car and knock on the winner’s door to congratulate the person. Plus, the winner will receive a sign for his yard saying “Yard of the Season” and a certificate for a free ride for two for the Choppers for Charity helicopter rides.

The helicopter rides are something new this year for the winners.

“I’m really excited about this because it’s a win-win situation I think,” Costello said. “That also helps benefit the United Way for Marion County, and the recipient will receive a helicopter ride for two.”


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