Holiday Lights winner shines bright in Loma Rica
Al and Dani Miners' home in Loma Rica won first place for the second year in a row in the Appeal-Democrat's annual Holiday Lights Tour.
The features at the Miners' home at 5584 Fruitland Road included:
“Dad and I put it together. I come up with the idea and he comes up with a plan,” Dani said.
Al Miners said Dani's father, Wayne Benedict, made “quite a few” of the items.
“The bridge was his idea, he fabricated the helicopter, he completely constructed the Ferris wheel and he motorized the teeter-tottering polar bears, the carousel and the skating rink,” Al said.
Al laughed when asked how many lights he used.
“I have no idea and don't even know how I would begin to count,” he said.
George Boyd's home, at 2581 Toyon Way in Yuba City, took second place.
“It's fun to see people coming down the street the last few weeks before Christmas,” Boyd said. “It seems like thousands of cars go by.”
He noted that the whole street decorates for the holidays. Nearly all the homes are dressed in their holiday best as vehicles traverse the street throughout the month.
Many visitors simply refer to the neighborhood as “Christmas Street.”
Boyd's decorations included a handmade “Support Our Troops” sign with red, white and blue lights on the roof of the house.
“I have about 30,000 to 35,000 lights,” he said.
The home of Pat and Don Welsh, at 9226 La Porte Road in Brownsville, took third place.
All winners of the contest received gift baskets courtesy of Sunsweet.
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