Adams to Hold Second Holiday Home Decorating Contest
ADAMS, Mass. — As part of its festivities to celebrate the holiday season, Adams is hosting the Holiday Home Decorating Contest and is accepting submissions until 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 3.
The contest allows Adams residents and other community members to vote on the best-decorated house in town. Those who want to enter their home for submission can apply for free on the town website, and voting will be available online between Dec. 10 and 11.
"We create a map that shows all the houses that want to participate, and we put out the map to everybody on the town website, and it'll go on Facebook," said Town Clerk Haley Meczywor.
The top three submissions will receive gift cards to Adams Hometown Market as a prize. The first prize will be a $75 gift card, the second prize will be a $50 gift card and the third prize will be a $25 gift card.
Meczywor said participants should turn on all their lights from 5 to 8 p.m. on the voting days, giving voters the chance to drive by and look at the decorations. She said they only judge the exterior of the entrant's houses.
Adams did the Holiday Home Decorating Contest last year, after not doing it for several years, as a COVID-safe event for the holidays, according to Meczywor. She said last year's contest had 49 home entrants and 366 voters.
"We tried to get more community participation," she said. "It gave everybody something to do because of COVID, you know? Get in your car, drive safely, drive around and look at all the houses."
Meczywor said the contest also allows residents to visit parts of town they haven't been to before.
"Some people were like, 'Oh, I didn't even know that street was there,' Some of them are off the beaten path," she said. "You drive down Park Street, or Howland Avenue, or Commercial Street, but you don't necessarily go to all the side streets."
Those interested in learning more about the contest can call town hall at 413-743-8300, Ext. 176 or 177.
"Drive safely. That is all I ask," Meczywor said. "As they're going around and looking, you have to be a little mindful of that. Some of our streets are a little narrow."
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