By Connor Beach
The stakes in this year’s annual Huntington Holiday Decorating Contest are high, with prizes from Oheka Castle, John W. Engeman Theater and The Paramount up for grabs.
“This is our fourth year doing this contest,” Councilman Cuthbertson, who is sponsoring the contest along with Supervisor Chad Lupinacci, said. “Each year the entries get better and better so we stepped up with bigger and better prizes.”
The contest encourages Huntington residents to get into the holiday spirit by decorating their homes with displays of lights, garland, wreaths and anything else they can imagine.
The 2018 Holiday Decorating Contest has been streamlined from past years. It is now open to residential entries only, and prize categories are now a simple first, second and third place, plus honorable mentions.
Entries may include indoor decorations, outdoor displays or both, and must be submitted by Dec. 10.
The residents of the most festive house in town will receive a $1,000 VIP package at The Paramount for the Jan. 13 Doo Wop project show, an overnight stay at Oheka Castle and a one-year subscription to The Long-Islander.
The second place prize includes two free tickets to any show at the John W. Engeman Theater in Northport, an overnight stay at Oheka Castle and a one-year subscription to The Long-Islander. The third place finisher will earn a $175 gift certificate to Honu Kitchen and Cocktails in Huntington village, an overnight stay at Oheka Castle and a one-year subscription to The Long-Islander.
Finalists will be contacted to set up a date between the evenings of Dec. 13 and Dec. 16 for Cuthbertson, Lupinacci and the team of judges to visit their homes.
Winners will be notified ahead of the Dec. 20 edition of The Long-Islander, where photos of the winning decorations will be published along with honorable mentions.
Residents wishing to enter the contest must submit their entries and photos on the town website at Huntingtonny.gov.