Journeyman's Club Christmas Light Judging Contest Winners Announced

Staff Writer


Winter has set in most of the country these days and certainly here as well. Outside of working vehicles and warming appliances, some solace may still be gained in the lights found decorating many local homes and businesses keeping warm holiday traditions alive, no matter how cold the day or chill the night.

Still keeping track of the lights and the decorations that illuminate Minster, thrity-some members of the Journeyman’s Club once more braved some cold conditions to search Minster for true expressions of the Christmas spirit in lights and decorations.

Adam Meyer, chairman of the light judging, led members around all of the streets of the village, rating displays on a one-to-ten scale, and then sitting down together to compare numbers. Majority rules, judging all the light displays around town, which represent a lot of ladder work for residents and businesses, to recognize the top three residential displays and the top three business displays.

No registration for the light judging is required; any house or business with lights displayed are automatically considered.

Judging by the decorations put up by the village, businesses and residents, Minster nights once again offered creative displays of eye-catching Christmas lights set atwinkle during the month of December.

The top three residential winners received cash gifts from the club:

1st: Geoff and Shannon McDaniel, 132 N. Hanover St.

2nd: Chad and Kelly Seger, 112 S. Cleveland St.

3rd: Clete and Josie Schmidt, 167 S. Paris St.

Spirit Awards went to Eric Brown and Family, Jason Baumer and Ryan Bergman. The Journeyman’s Award went to Zach Wiford.

The top three businesses this year were:

1st: Western Ohio True Value Hardware, 4405 State Route 66

2nd: Intricate Design, 31 N. Main St.

3rd: Hogenkamp Funeral Home, 61 S. Hanover St.

Past-chairman Brian Westerheide shared one of the factors the judges considered was the effort made to construct and mount a display. “When we used to give prizes when everybody decorated their doors. That used to be a big thing, but I don’t know of anyone who still does it.” Anyone who has won in the past three years is not eligible to win.

Spreading good will and needed help throughout the community is what the Journeyman’s Club is all about, currently with about 60-plus members. Some of the worthwhile projects it currently supports include,  school capital projects, scouting, Daytona 500 Race for Cancer, Minster Historical Society, Punt, Pass & Kick , the Easter Egg Hunt et al.