Algoma shines bright, but Luxemburg goes Griswold in Holiday Light Contest
Christmas decorators in the city of Algoma swept nearly every category of the inaugural WPS Great Kewaunee County Holiday Light Contest, which concluded its voting Dec. 16.
Stepping into the winners’ circle were the Algoma Park of Lights for Best Non-Profit category; Ebert Enterprises, N6939 County Road D, Algoma, for Business Classic; The Haven, 112 Steele St., Algoma, and FTS Technology, 311 Steele St., Algoma, tied for Best Business Retro; Joe and Denise Magle residence at E5525 County Road S, Algoma, championed the Residential Classic; and a house at 425 Church St., Algoma, won for Residential Retro.
The standout entry was Bill and Barb Koffman’s house at 513 St. John St., Luxemburg, winning the excessive but coveted Griswold prize, named for the family in the movie “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and the electric meter-spinning light display on their home.
A passion for the Christmas spirit fueled the light show overload presented by the Koffmans.
“It’s a labor of love,’’ said Koffman, whose corner lot carries twice the holiday views at the end of St. John Street where Colle Street intersects.
While visiting the house Tuesday night, a steady flow of vehicles slowly paraded past the festive house. The Koffmans pipe in holiday music under the night sky to complement the holiday spirit. Bill said most of his lights are recycled.
“I pick up lights from thrift shops and people give me lights that no longer work,’’ he said. The lights are fixed in preparation for the next season. “I’m slowing converting to LEDs,’’ he added.
Voting was conducted online through the Luxemburg, Algoma and Kewaunee chamber websites, or paper ballots were handled by the branch offices of the Bank of Luxemburg.
Each winner received a $50 credit from Wisconsin Public Service. All the winners earned a yard or business sign declaring their victory.
“We’re still excited about the contest,’’ said Sara Krouse, executive director of the Algoma Area Chamber of Commerce, on Tuesday. “It was well received by both the decorators and the county. Other counties were also inquiring about the contest.’’
About 400 people cast an estimated 2,000 votes for the 66 entries. Filling out most of the ballots were the 35 entries in the Residential Classic category.
Sponsors include all three Kewaunee County chambers of commerce, Wisconsin Public Service, Walters Do It Best Hardware, Lemens Hardware, Kinnard Farms and Village Kitchen.
This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Algoma shines bright, but Luxemburg goes Griswold in Holiday Light Contest