Santa, Sleigh Decorations Run Away with Award

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), January 11, 1999 | Go to article overview

Santa, Sleigh Decorations Run Away with Award


Byline: Jean Murphy

Since everyone's Christmas decorations are still out there, buried under drifts and several feet of snow, I guess it's not too late to mention the winners of an annual outdoor holiday decorating contest, sponsored for many years by Helen Dahlke of Starck and Company Realtors.

The contest only includes houses on the west side of Mount Prospect in the area north of Golf Road, west of Busse Road, south of Central Road and east of the Arlington Heights municipal line.

"It was so much fun for me to select the winners this year," Dahlke says. "I think that the warm weather we had before Christmas just encouraged everyone to get out there and put up every light available. There were so many spectacular displays to choose from."

First place in the contest went to the Tom Mitsiopoulos family at 1722 W. Kim with a display of Santa and his sleigh heading up the roof on a runway of lights. They received a $100 cash award.

The Joseph Federkins family at 722 Crestwood earned $50 cash for a display that featured a Nativity scene, candy canes and big red velvet ribbons wrapped across the windows and door. …

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