Clark County Printing & Mailing, formerly Final Details Manager, Junior Flores and employees have continued the well-intended tradition of fundraising in the Virgin Valley by holding the Fourth Annual Christmas Lighting Contest that was judged by Mesquite Rotary Members.
Flores believes the community may have gotten the wrong idea about the contest being just about the lights. The contest began as a fundraising event for the Salvation Army with entry fee being a two-toy donation, but most entrants donated more. Flores had hoped for more participation as the toys went to families involved with the Angel Tree program.
Next year, Flores said he’s going to revamp the program and introduce it as a fundraising event rather than a contest.
He says that the word “contest” may have negative connotations for some who feel that they don’t have enough lights to ever win something like this; he doesn’t want to discourage anyone from entering, he wants everyone to participate, not just for the contest part but the community and Christmas spirit raised by all the beautifully decorated homes.
Flores expressed his own family’s delight in driving around looking at all the decorated homes in Mesquite.
“We do it every year and the kids are so excited to drive through the neighborhoods and see the brightly decorated homes. There are so many beautifully decorated homes in town,” said Flores. “My goal is to get as much participation I can; we did the contest portion as an incentive for people to join. It’s not about the winning, people who win donate most of their winnings to a local charity anyway. This event is about giving back to the community and this is one huge way they can do that. It’s as simple as decorating for others to enjoy, which many do already, and making sure that all community members, adults and kids alike, are involved in sharing that warm and wonderful holiday spirit that is so prevalent in our town.”
There were seven entries that were given scores from one to 10 in Theme and Design, Creativity, Effort and Participation and Overall Efficiency.
On Dec. 26, First Place and $300 was awarded to Bill Sylvestre for his amazing decorations at 1595 Branding Iron Trail. Sylvestre chose to donate $200 of his winnings to Eureka’s Community Initiative Project Mesquite Reads, which Roo Arledge was happy to accept on part of the Eureka.
Second Place went to Bill Kenney at 1286 Shane Canyon. Kenney received $200 and donated half of his winnings to Shriners Hospitals. The Third-Place winner is the home most of Mesquite has probably told a friend, neighbor or family member to check out. The back of the home sits on Pioneer Boulevard, across from the new Mountain America Credit Union. The lights are synchronized to music and many a car has parked across the road to watch the show. The home belongs to Kevin Thuet and Zoe Serna and has delighted passersby on Pioneer Boulevard for years but that’s not where all the magic happens.
Some of the overall beauty of the display can only be seen from Fairway Drive. 579 Fairway to be exact but don’t worry, if you want to see the home, the gate code is provided by entrants so everyone can enjoy.
CCP&M includes a map of the homes and the gate codes if needed so the entire community can participate either by decorating your own home or enjoying the sights others are happy to provide and encourage you to come see.
Viewers can vote on their favorites, CCP&M provides voting sheets that have the same categories and scoring values as the judges receive, an additional prize is awarded to the community favorite. Judging entries had to be turned in by Dec. 30 and at the time of this article hadn’t yet been complete.
For more information on how you can become involved in the Fifth Annual Holiday Lights visit CCP&M at 50 Arrowhead Lane, Suite B, or call 702-346-1633.