Fuentebella family goes back-to-back in winning the 2021 Albany Christmas Lights competition

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Elsie and Ernesto Fuentebella.
Camera IconElsie and Ernesto Fuentebella. Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

The Fuentebellas have done it again.

After a last-minute entry into the 2021 Albany Christmas Lights Competition, Ernesto and Elsie Fuentebella have defended their 2020 title in glittering style.

Elsie and Ernesto Fuentebella.
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Their home on Parker Street in Lockyer is a shrine to the spirit of Christmas, with the display extending indoors.

Mr Fuentebella said he spent about a month putting it together.

Part of Elsie and Ernesto Fuentebellas light display.
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When the Advertiser arrived at the home during competition judging this week, the Fuentebellas were speaking to guests and guiding them around the display.

The entries were judged on appearance, effort and originality, with the Fuentebellas emerging as clear winners through sheer weight of effort and variety.

Yakamia resident Colin Bairstow at home among his Christmas lights.
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Camera IconYakamia resident Colin Bairstow at home among his Christmas lights. Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser Credit: Laurie Benson/Albany Advertiser

Among the honourable mentions was Colin Bairstow’s home on Hayward Crescent in Yakamia, where his zest for Christmas shines through in more than 10,000 globes.

Deb and Jeff Baker scored well for their display on Lindfield Crescent in Spencer Park, while Dale Cullen’s home on Satellite Close in McKail glowed brighter than any other entry.

Dale Cullen's lights on Satellite Close in McKail.
Camera IconDale Cullen's lights on Satellite Close in McKail. Credit: Liam Croy/Albany Advertiser

On Scorpio Drive in McKail, Steve Fisher’s lights were unique in their impressive coordination, and Debbie Duvall gets a special mention for her effort on a bigger property in Marbellup.

The suburb with the most entries was McKail, followed by Yakamia then Bayonet Head.

Steve Fisher's lights on Scorpio Drive in McKail.
Camera IconSteve Fisher's lights on Scorpio Drive in McKail. Credit: Liam Croy/Albany Advertiser

The 2021 Albany Christmas Lights Competition was presented in partnership with the City of Albany.

The winners, the Fuentebellas, will receive a hamper worth $250 and an official winner’s certificate signed by Albany Mayor Dennis Wellington.

Deb and Jeff Baker's lights on Lindfield Crescent in Spencer Park.
Camera IconDeb and Jeff Baker's lights on Lindfield Crescent in Spencer Park. Credit: Liam Croy/Albany Advertiser

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