The civic-minded Lovely Touch Garden Club in Daleville continued its efforts to encourage the beautification of the city by honoring those citizens who made extra effort to decorate for the holidays Dec. 16. This was the 15th year for the group’s “Light Up Daleville” decorating contest.The club, along with Mayor Claudia Wigglesworth’s staff, hosted a small reception following the regular city council meeting. About 50 people joined in the celebration at the Daleville Convention Center, listening to a brass ensemble for Daleville High School’s band. A large chili bar, consisting of various recipes and types of chili, was made available to the guests, along with desserts and drinks. City council members, band members, JROTC members, city workers, and citizens enjoyed the meal and brief program.Lela Smith, president of the garden club, said, “We were really impressed this year with the number of those who decorated and a lot more businesses got involved too…We were really impressed with the variety and consistency of the decorations this year.”Smith said several club members served as judges and basically drove all throughout the city to find the “Best Overall Business” decorations, the “Best Overall Home” decorations and the “most appealing to children” decorations.For Best Overall Business, the Daleville Inn won first place and Daleville Real Estate won second place. Representatives from the two businesses were unable to attend the reception to receive their awards.For Best Overall Home, the Brian Henk family won first place and the Joe Wissell family took home second place. Both the Henk Family and Mr. Wissell were present to receive their award certificates.For the Most Appealing to Children award, the Lawrence Mercillot family placed first and Edie Sellers placed second. The Mercillot family was unable to attend the reception, but Mrs. Sellers did accept her award and said she’ll keep up the good work in the future.“If you haven’t had the opportunity to drive around, take a few minutes if you can and look at all the different displays. There are quite a few and it is beautiful this time of year. It is nice to have Daleville lit up,” said Smith.Anyone interested in gardening and the beautification of the city is encouraged to call Smith at (334) 598-6475 to join.
Edie Sellers, right, accepted her 2nd place award for the “Most Appealing to Children” category for holiday decorations. Lela Smith, left, president of the Lovely Touch Garden Club presented the award which was given as part of the club’s 15th annual contest to reward holiday decorators in the “Light Up Daleville” event. The first place winner, the Lawrence Mercillot family, was unable to attend the awards reception.