Thousands of twinkling lights, solemn Nativity scenes and many jolly Santas, snowmen, Disney characters and other holiday themes greeted the Vidalia Garden Club’s Christmas Lighting Contest Committee the evening of December 19th.

Rows of homes in many Vidalia neighborhoods were lit with happy holiday colors as the committee drove through to determine the 2018 holiday lighting and decorating contest winners.

“The committee was delighted to see so many Vidalia homes decorated for the season,” noted VGC President Cindy Galloway.

The first place winner in the Traditional Category was the home of Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Ingram, 1020 Alabama Street, which featured a life-size Santa centered in the front doorway flanked by larger-than-life toy soldiers and other festive decorations.

The home of Diana Rodriguez, 400 North Oak Street, achieved the Traditional Category second place award. The Spanish Court residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ricky Knapp was awarded a certificate of merit.

Ranking number one in the Non-traditional Category was the home of Mr. and Mrs. Dusty Oaks, 1211 Apple Street. Oaks noted that he’s been adding to their home’s display for the past 10 years. The couple dedicates their holiday efforts in order to honor the nation’s military, as well as Oaks’ mother who died six years ago.

Jolene Kenney’s residence, 1106 O’Neal Street, achieved the second place award in the Non-traditional Category and Mr. and Mrs. Chris Strong received a Certificate of Merit for their yuletide display at 1103 Cherry Street.

First place winners in each category were presented a $25 gift certificate to Johnnie Mae’s Seafood and Grille Restaurant in Vidalia. Second place winners were awarded 2018 Vidalia collectable Christmas ornaments.

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