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2016 Christmas Decorating Contest Winners
2016 Best of Tour
1009 SE 3rd Street ~ Gordon & Lois Schwenk

Hoilday Porch
First Place
1020 SE 5th St ~ Charlie & Barbara Ruse
Second Place
1126 SE 5th St. ~ Eliz Wray
Third Place
506 SE Sanchez Ave ~ Kelly Hamer
Honorable Mentions
305 SE 10th Ave. ~ Tenant
Hoilday Door
First Place
1213 SE 3rd St ~ Cody & Natalie Wells
Second Place
319 SE 10 Ave.~ Jason & Vanessa Thomas
Third Place
930 SE 5th St ~ Sol & Linda Anker
Honorable Mentions
1019 SE 3rd St ~ Tenant
Tuscawilla
First Place
732 NE 2nd St. ~ Robert Brooks
Second Place
231 NE Sanchez Ave.
Third Place
114 NE Tuscawilla Ave.
Ocala Historic District
Third Place
211 SE Sanchez Av. ~ Margaret Harding
Second Place
726 SE 2nd St ~ Sherman Taylor
First Place
731 SE 2nd St. ~ James Scott
Honorable Mentions
1109 SE 5th St. ~ Nancy & Merritt Fore
Hoilday House
Downtown
First Place
Harry's
Second Place
Market Place on Broadway
Third Place
Brick City Kitchen & Whisky Bar
For several decades the Historic Ocala Preservation Society (HOPS) has conducted a holiday decorating contest within its historic districts. On December 11th, area residents were encouraged to light up their houses. Judges then toured the neighborhoods in search of houses deserving of recognition. The chairperson of the committee and HOPS board member, Rusty Juergens, stated “we had so much fun; I did feel bad for the judges
having to make some tough final decisions however.” This year a total of 21 homes and businesses received the honor of being recognized. The HOPS organization congratulates all the winners, and thanks all those who participated.
Take a drive through each neighborhood and enjoy the decorations!