With 10 houses and one business vying for the Best of 4th of July, Most Historic, Most Patriotic, Best Patriotic Creativity, Best Newcomers, and Best Business, Proud Neighbors of Collingswood annual Fourth of July House decorating Contest was a variety of themes and designs.
This year included some returning but many first timers, showed amazing creativity, sense of patriotism, history and a whole lot of red, white and blue. In addition to the plethora of American flags and bunting, including historical bunting, historic military uniforms, patriotic music, and painted designs on grass, all displaying the participant’s feelings about the Fourth of July.
The winners of the Proud Neighbors of Collingswood House Decorating Contest were announced at the Collingswood fireworks on the evening of July 4th. They are: Best Patriotic Creativity: The Drummond Family, Lees Ave. Most Patriotic: First Place: The Proudfoot Family, Lees Ave. Second Place Patriotic: The Marino Family, King Ave. Third Place Patriotic: The Zabransky Family, Woodlawn Ave. Most Historic: The Ritz Family, Stokes Ave. Best Newcomers: The Phillips Family, Taylor Ave. And Best Business: The Retrospect, Haddon Ave.
Winners were judged on creativity, originality and appropriateness to architecture, best historic home or overall best look. Proud Neighbors of Collingswood thanks everyone who entered their homes and to the judges for their time.
The judges were Lois and Harvey Stick, Sonya Peterson, Bernie and Mary Kairis, Ron and Kathy Warwick and Dave Savage. Thanks also to contest registrar Gretchen Seibert.
This annual show of patriotism is encouraged by Proud Neighbors of Collingswood a 503(c) civic organization that aims to share ideas about restoration, strives to develop awareness of historic preservation and works with residents, businesses and government to maintain the historic character of the town.