ROXBURY, NJ – A few questions for the holiday decoration fanatics of Roxbury:
Do you have what it takes to be a master of the festive front yard?
Will you risk the frustration of one bad bulb killing a string of 100 tiny lights?
Can you rationalize the jaw-dropping, post holidays JCP&L bill?
If so, you have about a month to do what it takes to become a winner in the 2020 Roxbury Recreation Holiday Home Decorating Contest.
The contest is the township’s effort to help Roxbury residents end a depressing, COVID-tinged year with a little cheer and good-natured competition, said Recreation Department Program Director Ryan Williams.
“This contest is a salute to those who brave the elements, meticulously stringing up lights for everyone to enjoy,” Williams wrote on the department’s Facebook page.
It’s on that page that all submitted entries will be displayed. Winners, to be announced Dec. 22, will be based on the number of “likes” they receive.
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Williams said the department hasn’t sponsored a holiday decorating contest for a couple of years. But - given the cancelation of many fun events in 2020 due to the coronavirus - the contest seemed like a good idea, he said.
“We just figured it gives people something to do, obviously socially distant,” Williams said. “You’re not going to have crowds of people attending these.”
In his Facebook announcement, Williams noted that “the true die-hards” in town began installing decorations right after Halloween. “We see you, we appreciate you, and we look forward to seeing your submissions,” he wrote.
Those who wish to participate are instructed to submit, through Facebook messages to the Recreation Department, photos or videos of their creations. The deadline for getting them in is 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 17.
“Every holiday season we are all fortunate enough to see the hard work of those who are aspiring exterior holiday illumination experts,” he wrote. “For some of us it’s a parent. For others, it’s another family member, neighbor or friend. No matter your relationship to them, all of us know someone who attempts to put Clark Griswold and their neighbors to shame.”
Grinches of Roxbury can take comfort in knowing very few tax dollars will be spent in the endeavor. No cash prizes or vacations await the victors; winners will receive plaques and “township-wide bragging rights,” according to Williams.
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