Winners Announced For 'Light Up Auburn' Contest

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Donna Arcure’s light display at 137 Bryn Mawr Ave. took home first place in the “As Seen Through the Eyes of a Child” category. Several inflatables highlight this Auburn display.
Donna Arcure’s light display at 137 Bryn Mawr Ave. took home first place in the “As Seen Through the Eyes of a Child” category. Several inflatables highlight this Auburn display. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey
The wide-angle view of the light display at 137 Bryn Mawr Ave.
The wide-angle view of the light display at 137 Bryn Mawr Ave. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey
The Brooker family's display at 15 Saratoga Ave.
The Brooker family's display at 15 Saratoga Ave. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey
The Ketron family's display at 57 South St.
The Ketron family's display at 57 South St. Photo Credit: Rick Sobey

AUBURN, Mass. – Where are the best light displays in town this holiday season? The “Light Up Auburn” winners were announced Thursday night at the Senior Center.

The Department of Recreation and Culture handed out awards for the best light displays in three categories at the holiday event. Donna Arcure’s display at 137 Bryn Mawr Ave. took home first place in the “As Seen Through the Eyes of a Child” category; the Dawson family at 24 Lesley Ave. had the best traditional display; and Fuller Automotive at 505 Washington St. was awarded the best business display.

“It was difficult this year to determine the best displays because there were a lot of great, great houses,” said Kristen Pappas, director of the Recreation and Culture Department. “Everyone put up such great displays, and we thank everyone for participating.”

The “As Seen Through the Eyes of a Child” category was for houses that had inflatables and blow-up attractions in the display, while the traditional displays had reindeer, wreaths, candles and such. Winners received ornaments, which were hand-painted by Claytime in Shrewsbury, and all participants received a certificate.

In the “As Seen Through the Eyes of a Child” category, second place went to the Tessman family at 5 Lorna Drive. Third place was a tie between the Borelli family at 44 Woodland Road and the Ketron family at 57 South St. Honorable mentions were given to the Poulin family at 101A Boyce St. and the Mayo family at 50 South St.

In addition, the Imse family at 11 Dale Ave. had the most original display, the Doray family at 44 Oxford St. N. was the community’s favorite and the Beauregard family at 28 Perry St. was recognized by the community for its display. Also, state Rep. Paul Frost (R-Auburn)  and his family at 308 Rochdale St. was recognized for their “Lollypop Land.”

In the traditional display category, the Trilligan family at 1 Clarendon Road came in second place, and third place went to the Brooker family at 15 Saratoga Ave. Honorable mentions were given to the Heidermann family at 24 Church St., the Fant family at 522 Rochdale St., the Robinson family at 34 Preston Ave. and the Copeland family at 38 Riverside Drive.  

Finally, in the business category, the Auburn Water District at 75 Church St. came in second place, the Department of Public Works at 5 Millbury St. finished in third place and Webster Five Cents Savings Bank at 400 Southbridge St. received an honorable mention. Judges commented that the Department of Public Works used LED, environment-friendly lights in its display. 

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