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Above: 2020 ECPAA Holiday Home Decorating Contest Winner Pat Camputaro

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After a very successful inaugural year in 2020, we're bringing back our Holiday Home Decorating Contest to benefit St. Mary's Food Pantry (find out how to support the Food Pantry below), sponsored by Pat Camputaro of American Industries. Enter in various categories -- from the biggest "wow" factor to the best use of animation and audio, you can incorporate your own decorating style in this year's competition.

The contest is for exterior decorations only, and will be judged by 'curb appeal' (houses must be visible from the street). 

 

Register via the form below. 

Registration opens on November 1, 2021, and closes on December 5, 2021, at 9:00pm EST.

Voting takes place December 6-12, and winners are announced December 15.

Contest Rules

Eligibility:

ECPAA's 2nd Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest is open to residents of Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut, that register via the form below by December 5, 2021, at 9:00pm EST. Entrants must be 18 years or older.

ECPAA Board Members, Advisory Board Members, and Sponsors are not eligible to win, but may join in the decorating fun!

Registration to the contest is FREE. No purchase is necessary; purchasing tickets for ECPAA events will not increase your chances of winning.

We encourage you to donate non-perishable goods to the St. Mary's Food Pantry during the holiday season, but this will not increase your chances of winning. More information on how and where to donate below.

How to Enter: 

Register at the form below. Incomplete entries or those that do not adhere to the Contest Rules will be disqualified at ECPAA's discretion. 

Agreement to Rules: 

By entering ECPAA's 2nd Annual Holiday Home Decorating Contest, you agree to abide by our official contest rules and decisions. 

Entry Period: 

Enter between November 1, 2021, and December 5, 2021, at 9:00pm EST.

Entrants should ensure that all lights and decorations are in place and activated during the week of December 6-12 after sunset.

Voting: 

Starting December 6, the community will be able to submit votes for winners in five (5) categories (see below).

Members of the greater-Griswold community are encouraged to drive around and view all houses registered for the contest over the span of December 6-12. An online list and interactive Google Map will be shared by ECPAA on December 6 with all houses entered in the contest. 

 

Photos and/or videos will be posted to ECPAA's Facebook and Instagram accounts, as well as ecpaa.org to serve as a reminder of each entrant's number while voting. Photos/videos will be submitted by entrants or taken by ECPAA board members. We do not intend for votes to be based on the photos; photos are to remind voters of what they saw in person as we are not professional photographers!

Online voting will open on December 6, 2021, on ecpaa.org.

All votes will be submitted by the entrant's Home Decorating Contest number, not the home address.

Cast your vote by December 12, 2021 at 9:00pm EST.

The ECPAA Board will review votes, and five (5) winners will be announced on December 15, 2021.

Categories:

  1. Biggest "Wow" Factor (overall presentation)

  2. Most Unique Design (creative use of lights and decorations)

  3. Best use of White Lights (most elegant)

  4. Best use of Animation and/or Audio (Special FX, i.e. projections, moving inflatables, etc.)

  5. Notable Holiday Theme

When voting, please consider the overall execution and craftsmanship.

Notification of Winner:

Winners will be contacted via the email included in their registration.

Prizes:

One grand prize per category (5 prizes) will include a Cash Prize, an ECPAA gift card to use towards any upcoming program, and a yard sign for bragging rights!

By accepting the prize, the selected winners grant permission for ECPAA and our contest sponsor American Industries to use their name, entry, and photo for advertising.

Resources

Coming soon, including:

  • Google Map of Houses

  • Voting Page

  • Press Release ​

Follow ECPAA on social media at @ecpaact (Facebook, Instagram) for updates and the announcement of our winners!

Register

 
Support the St. Mary's Food Pantry

Please support our beneficiary, St. Mary's Food Pantry, and their mission to feed the hungry by donating non-perishable food items or providing a cash donation. 

We will be collecting donations at the 2021 Snowflake & Night Light Reverse Parade on Saturday, December 4, 2021, from 6-9pm at Hopeville Campground.  Support community members in need while driving through an array of lighted floats and holiday trees. 

Additionally, food donations are accepted at St. Mary's Rectory at 34 North Main Street in Jewett City. You can donate non-perishable food items at the Rectory in three ways:

  1. on the small table on the front porch of the Rectory (anytime)

  2. In the gray bin located next to the stairs at the driveway between Leffler's Funeral Home and the Rectory (anytime)

  3. behind the Rectory on a wooden table in the middle bay of the garage (Monday-Friday from 9am-1pm) 

You can also donate at St. Mary's Church (follow the weekend Mass schedule).

Suggested non-perishable food items include Canned Carrots, Canned Green Beans, Canned Mixed Vegetables, Canned Potatoes, Canned Soups, Peanut Butter, and Juice Boxes.

To make a monetary donation: make checks payable to 'St. Mary Food Pantry,' and place envelopes labeled St. Mary Food Pantry through the mail slot in the front door of the St. Mary Rectory or mail them to 24 North Main Street, Jewett City, CT 06351.

If you have questions about the Food Pantry, please call 860-376-2044 x 108.

Thank you for your donation!

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