Judges like Murdochs in lighting contest

by nathan oster

The Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the winners of its holiday home decorating and lighting contest — and the top two finishers should come as no big surprise to longtime readers of the standard.

First place went to the Paul and Claudine Murdoch residence at 232 Sixth Ave. N.

Finishing in second was the Ron and Elaine Huff residence at 424 S. Third St.

The Murdochs and the Huffs have combined to win four of the last five contests, with the Murdoch’s winning in 2008 and the Huffs in 2009 and 2010 before the Tony and Elaine Terry residence broke through for a win in 2011.

The judges were in agreement that the Murdoch home was the best this year, citing its “general classiness.”   For the win, the Murdochs netted $75.

The Huffs were awarded $50, as judges liked the variety of their display.

Finishing in third place, and recognized for its “sheer exuberance,” was the Patsy Shepherd residence at 948 N. Seventh St.  For Shepherd, the win was worth $25.

The judges also selected four honorable mentions, each worth a $15 gift certificate at Ron’s Food Farm.  Those went to Elaine Terry (417 Sixth Ave. N.), Ray Schwartz (25 N. Third St.), Kathy Anderson (117 Sumac) and Chuck and Tina Spragg (317 10th Ave. N.).

“The judges decided to do four honorable mentions, but they could have done more,” said Sue Anderson, the director of the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce.  “There were at least six others close to as good as the honorable mentions.

“It’s getting harder every year, which is great because it reflects the increased participation.”

In addition to the chamber, Rocky Mountain Power also put up money for this year’s prizes.