The judging for the annual holiday lighting contest was held on Friday December 20th. As in the past, the judges had the difficult task of narrowing the list of beautifully lit homes down to ten, but after nearly two hours of canvassing the town, they reached a consensus.
Taking home the top prize in this year’s contest was the home of Tim and Susan Flodeen, located at 507 Locust Street. The Flodeen home is a perennial favorite, with its many white lights, a Christmas tree on each level (even in the attic!), and a sleigh with a team of reindeer on the porch roof. As winners, the Flodeens will receive $60 from the La Porte City Chamber of Commerce and American Legion, and a $20 credit on their utility bill courtesy of LaPorte City Utilities.

Second prize goes to the home of Rory and Becky Clark of 1020 McQuilken Avenue. The Clark home is decorated with icicle lights on the porch and strings of lights decorating the roof, windows and each door. When viewed from a distance, the house appears to float in the darkness, giving it a magical quality. The Clarks will receive $40 from the Chamber and Legion and a $20 credit on their utility bill.
The home awarded this year’s third prize is located at 1010 Main Street. Owners Jerry and Donna Jackson have again decorated nearly every possible surface with strand after strand of white lights creating a glow that lights up the entire street. Jerry and Donna will receive $20 from the Chamber and Legion and a $20 credit on their utility bill.
Other homeowners rounding out the list of top ten homes will also receive a $20 credit on their utility bill courtesy of LaPorte City Utilities. They are: Dean and Marilyn Arbuckle, 900 Pine Street; Robert and KJ Clark, 403
Barberry Street; Roger and Angie Davis, 214 Case Rd.; Lee Jewett, 115 Pleasant Drive; Bob and Marie Selk, Filmore Street; Alma Spence, 911 Hwy 218 N.; Mike and Kathy Strubel, 131 Anton Drive. The judging panel would
also like to recognize a few additional lighting displays. While these individuals and groups did not win any prizes, their efforts are appreciated and should be noted; the houses in the first block of Bruce Lane (behind Bluff
Street), and the 1000 block of Iowa Street were particularly festive this year, with many of the neighbors putting up displays.
Also, the business district of Main Street was very bright, with the various business displays the light pole decorations and especially with the addition of the lights hung on the Syndicate Block (200 Block). Finally, the home of Glenn and Novie Foss also deserves special mention. While the Foss’ don’t live inside the city limits of LaPorte City, each year their beautiful display is easily seen from town and enjoyed by all.
The judges would like to thank the LaPorte City Utilities, the LaPorte City Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion for their generous donation of prizes and continued support of the annual lighting contest. A special thanks all who participated in this year’s contest. Know that your efforts to brighten our community during this holiday season are very much appreciated.