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Encouraged by the city, residents get creative in decorating their yards in fall fashion

PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Skeletons Barbecue by Sandra Constantine Tucker was recognized as the funniest entry in the 2020 Aurora Autumn Decorating Contest.The city of Aurora's "2020 Aurora Autumn Decorating" contest web page entry form featured a picture of the popular Peanuts character Linus in a pumpkin patch – which looks to be a sincere pumpkin patch – holding a sign heralding "Welcome Great Pumpkin."

Numerous residents in town took that spirit, and the contest, to heart as decorations sprang up all over the community.

The results were at once colorful and spooky.

"Thank you to everyone who participated in bringing some spooky fun to our town! And thank you to our esteemed judges, Emily and Oscar of the White Rabbit Bakery, and their kiddos," Aurora City Councilor Tara Weidman posted on the "I Love Aurora!" Facebook page. "And thank you to the bakery for their generous donation to Judge's Choice. Please be sure to walk around and check out this year's displays!"

The entry form page added: "Thank you for participating in the 2020 Aurora Fall Decorating Contest! I hope we can bring some magic to the kiddos as they navigate some strange times."PMG PHOTO: JUSTIN MUCH - Arachnophobia by Eleasah Lutz was recognized as the spookiest entry in the 2020 Aurora Autumn Decorating Contest.

Winners include:

Funniest: "Skeletons Barbecue" by Sandra Constantine Tucker,  15110 Park.

Spookiest: "Arachnophobia" by Eleasah Lutz, 21330 Main.

Most Artistic: "The Emperor Has No Clothes; Coronavirus Does Not Care" by Mercedes Rhoden, 21533 Liberty.

Judge's Choice/Most Festive: "The Wicked Wizard of Oz" by Lee Baker, 21464 Liberty. Classiest: "Pumpkins Galor" by Corina Kanen, 21513 Liberty.

Most Original: "Just Hanging Around Until This Is All Over" by the Weidman-Futch Family, 21331 Main.

Best Female Lead In An Autumn Display: "Eloise the Witch" by Annie, June and Jonah Harris, 21334 Liberty.

Best PSA: "Don't Fall for Voter Suppression Tactics" by Dwight and Steph Koller, 21233 Liberty.

Sweetest: "Fall Magic" by Wendy Veliz, 20944 Yakima.


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