Albany wins as homes glow with the Christmas spirit
With just three points separating the top three entries, the 2019 Albany Christmas Lights Competition was a nailbiter.
But in the end, it was commitment to a good cause that ensured Lorraine and Jeremy Stevenson’s display was crowned the best in town.
The entries were judged across three categories — originality, effort and appearance.
With thousands of lights, flashing signs, a sky-high Christmas tree and enough glittering reindeer to pull a sleigh, their home on Mueller Street in Gledhow pulls a crowd like no other in Albany.
Their efforts have also boosted community spirit in another way, raising funds for Cystic Fibrosis WA.
You’ll find them outside shaking tins in honour of their three-year-old granddaughter Amelia Kim, who has CF.
Mr Stevenson estimates that up to 250 cars have driven past each night to look at their home.
“We have had support from Southern Site Hire, who donated the traffic calming signs, which has been important because it has been so busy,” he said.
“And Barrett’s Tree Services, who gave us two cherry pickers to get the lights up.
“The Albany community have been amazing in donating to cystic fibrosis.
“It has been a delight and it is wonderful to see the children get out and play with the reindeer.
“Everyone has been so complimentary and happy.”
The Stevensons edged out the Fuentebellas from Parker Street in Lockyer, who were runners-up with their brilliant audio-visual display.
Erell Feuntebella nominated her parents, Elsie and Ernesto, because they had worked so hard on their lights.
They have been doing it for the past five years, making sure to try something different every time.
No other entry imparted such a strong and heartwarming sense of Christmas spirit.
“We have never known which competitions to enter until we saw this in the paper and I thought it would be good to motivate him further for next year,” Ms Fuentebella said.
“My mum was the director and told dad where everything should go.”
“For the first week we handed out lollies and candy canes and played music.”
As overall winners, the Stevensons receive a hamper worth $200, and more importantly, an official winner’s certificate.
The competition was a partnership between the Advertiser and the City of Albany.
THE FINAL THREE
1) 137 Mueller Street, Gledhow — 24 points
2) 50 Parker Street, Lockyer — 23 points
3) 8 Hall Rise, Yakamia — 22 points
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