National Lampoon's "Christmas Vacation" may have set the gold standard for exterior illumination, but a number of Leesport residents gave Chevy Chase a run for his money.

This year, more than 20 homeowners in the borough entered the reboot of the once popular holiday decorating contest. Organized by the Leesport Borough Recreation Board and sponsored by Mary Brickner with RE/Max of Reading, participants competed not just for bragging rights and a “Winner” yard sign, but for cash, too.

On Dec. 19, a team of judges made their way through the streets and gazed at all the entries. One thing became perfectly clear, the decisions were going to be tough. Animated angels, hundreds of inflatables characters, and thousands of white and colored lights lite up the sky over Leesport. Possibly more decorating done than ever before.

The 2018 contest winners are:

Clark Griswold Award – 517 Linden Street

Creative Inflatables – 1st Place, 300 Degler Street

Creative Inflatables – 2nd Place, 39 E. Wall Street

Reason for the Season – 1st Place, 257 Degler Street

Reason for the Season – 2nd Place, 1104 Crest Road

Best Use of Color – 1st Place, 306 Nichols Street

Best Use of Color – 2nd Place, 229 N. Centre Avenue

Most Elegant – 1st Place, 450 Degler Street

Most Elegant – 2nd Place, 267 Main Street

The contest will return in 2019 with a slightly different twist.

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