Franklin 2018 Holiday Decorating Contest

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This year is the second year the Franklin Borough's Recreation Commission is sponsoring an outdoor decoration contest. Franklin resident's have until Monday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m. to register for entry into the contest.

According to the NJ Herald, an application can be sent to the borough's Facebook page or emailed to To enter you must send your name, address, phone number and email. There is no fee to enter, but you must live within the boundaries of Franklin in order to participate.

Judging for this contest will begin on Dec. 13, with the final day being Dec. 16. All judging will happen from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on those days and the winner will be announced on Dec. 18.

All lights and animations, etc. will need to be active during the hours of judging.

Keep in mind, all decorations will be judged from the street and "only that part of the property visible from the street." But, if your house is located on a corner lot, your house will be judged from both streets. Any window decorations that are visible from the street will be considered as well.

Criteria that the judges will be looking for ranges from unique design and use of lights, story line/theme and decoration placement to animated objects and it's overall presentation.

The Borough will be posting photos of the house on their Borough website and also their Facebook page, therefore, entrants must agree to having their photo posted.

Four Visa gift cards will be given to the winners. First place will be given a $300 gift card, second place $200 and third place $100. The fourth prize will be a $50 gift card for People's Choice winner. In addition, each winner will receive a 2018 Home Decorating Contest Winner lawn sign.

Borough Administrator, Alison McHose said the addresses and pictures of each house will be added to the Recreation Facebook page for everyone to vote for the People's Choice winner. 

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