CLARK, NJ- This year 33 homes around town were decked out in holiday style and entered into the 13th Annual Clark Recreation House Decorating Contest.   According to Recreation Director Ralph Bernardo, this was the largest number of houses entered into the contest.

Bernardo was impressed with the entries.  “The homes this year were off the charts as far as creativity, balance, charm, fun, themed and over the top.” he said.

Categories for the contest include Overall Favorite, Most Traditional and Most Outrageous.  With so many entries, the decision-making wasn’t easy. “After much discussion, opinions and a little arguing the winners were selected with a tie in the Overall Favorite category this year,”  said Bernardo.

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Bernardo headed out on Wednesday evening to take families by surprise with their winning titles.  The four winning homeowners received a lawn sign, bragging rights and a $50. Ace Hardware gift card.  

The winners of the 2019 contest are:

Most Outrageous - The Terzo Family at 79 Ivy Street

Most Traditional – The G ’Sell Family at 11 Poplar Terrace

Tied for Overall Favorite – The LaVecchia Family at 21 Wheatsheaf Road and..

                                              - The Herd Family at 82 Briarheath Lane

Bernardo said the judges gave honorable mentions to the following homes too:

84 Terhune

56 MaeBelle Drive

9 Skylark

45 Tudor Drive

517 Oak Ridge Road

92 Mildred Terrace

For those interested in checking out all the contestants in this year's competition, holiday lights are sure to burn bright for some time to come.  Here is a complete list of all the homes entered into the 2019 contest:

Lake Ave – Raritan Rd Area
21 Wheatsheaf Rd
56 Devon Ln
82 Briarheath Ln
8 Hollander Hill Ct
45 Tudor Dr
517 Oak Ridge Rd
92 Hall Dr

Valley Rd – St Johns Area
11 Poplar Tr
16 Cook St
9 Skylark Pl
7 Crescent Pkwy
34 Skylark Pl
3 Elm St
64 Cook St
44 Runnymede Rd
5 Hillside Ave
Madison Hill Rd – Westfield Ave Area
40 Denman Avenue
47 Bartell Place
39 Gloria St.
105 Mildred Tr
458 Madison Hill Rd
79 Ivy St
41 Gertrude St
16 Canterbury Dr
92 Mildred Tr
892 Raritan Rd
84 Terhune Rd
3 Anthony Circle
33 Post Rd
56 Mae Belle Dr
3 Rolling Hill Way

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