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Lighted pink pigs were key to house competition victory
They didn't oink, grunt or wallow in the mud.
Instead, the pink pigs all aglow in Latricia Hammond's Edith Avenue front yard earned the Corning resident first place in the annual Lighted House Contest.
"I loved the pink pigs and all the lights," said contest judge Jerry Crow. "Some were even dancing and one was flying."
The swine weren't real, of course, just wire, plastic and lights, but they gave the judges, Crow, Sonja Akers and Maria Salas, all from the Chamber of Commerce, a good laugh on Friday evening.
Hammond will be presented the first place prize of $200 by the Chamber of Commerce, which sponsored the contest.
Second place went to Sherry Henson Walnut Street display, which features a Victorian era theme. Henson will receive $75.
The large holiday display at on McLane Avenue earned Tom and Sherry Cordray the $50 third place award.
Frank and Peggy Langley's home on Marguerite Avenue received honorable mention by the judges.
As contest judges were perusing the 10 contest entries, 10 TRAX busses, filled-to-the-brim, were giving free tours of the holiday displays, and all the other beautifully decorated homes in town.
"The youngest rider on our TRAX busses was 20-days-young and the oldest, Bud Adams, is 83-years-old," said Barbara O'Keefe, Tehama County Transit manager. "We had a lot of families and children taking the tour this year." O'Keefe said they were blessed the rain stopped just as the tour was were rolling away from the Corning Transportation Center.
Refreshments and bottled water was provided on each of the 10 busses.
O'Keefe and several of her co-workers dress up as elves for the tour, and one of the bus drivers dress up as Santa Claus.
This was the 13th annual TRAX tour in Corning.