• John McDaniel, Midway Correspondent

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Pull out your ugliest Christmas sweater and come on downtown to Darlin’ Jean’s this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. Darlin’ Jean’s Apple Cobbler Cafe will be hosting their 1st Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. I experienced something Friday evening that I’ve never experienced in Midway before. With the exception of the Midway Fall Festival, I have never seen every table taken in all of our downtown restaurants at one time and that includes the two newest, Blind Harry’s and The Brown Barrel. There was a special committee meeting at city hall Friday night and several attendees were looking for a place to grab a bite to eat. There was standing room only with a 30 minute wait. I guess people were coming into town to check out all the Christmas lights and doing some shopping. While I am on the subject of Christmas lights the results are in for this year’s 13th Annual Midway Woman’s Club House Decorating Contest. The judging took place last Friday and they gave everyone a half grace period from the announced 7:30 pm start. That means they began their prowl around town at 8:00 pm. According to reports from the judges this year was “Super tough.” It appears that the residents on Carriage Lane have the super Christmas spirit as they captured the most awards of any streets in town. Three homes 138,140 and 142 Carriage Lane each took the Most Animated Lights Award and earning the moniker, Trifecta of Animation. Other Carriage Lane winners were Best Overall Design – 109 Carriage Lane; Most Fun – 103 Carriage Lane, and People’s Choice Award Honorable Mention – 117 Carriage Lane. Other winners in this year’s contest are: Best Front Door – 412 Mill Road Place Best Wreath – 305 South Winter Street, Most Creative Lights –119 East Stephens Street Most Whimsical Lights – 238 West Stephens Street Best Daytime Display –202 South Turner Street Best Indoor Tree – 304 South Winter Street Best Christmas Spirit – 209 Gayland Drive Best Traditional Decorations – 225 Gayland Drive Best Business Decorations – Mezzo Italian Café 131 East Main Street Best Outdoor Tree – 345 Northridge Drive Best Porch – 219 West Higgins Street Best Yard – 219 Gayland Drive Best Inflatables Design – 222 East Stephens Street Special 2017 13th Anniversary MWC Holiday Décor Judging Award – 116 East Stephens Street Best for Spirit of Woodford County – 102 Cottage Grove Best Gate – Southern Equine Stables 241 North Winter Street One thing to note about this contest is there is never a lack of categories so this year the judges added the People’s Choice Award. Using pictures of household decorations posted on Facebook on the Midway Musings page Facebookers voted for their favorite. The winners from that category are: People’s Choice Award – 106 Cottage Grove Award Runner-Up – 232 West Higgins Street Honorable Mention – 112 Old Towne Walk and 117 Carriage Lane Council member Libby Warfield sent me a copy of the Woodford Sun December 21, 1950. It seems that the Woman’s Club has been sponsoring a Christmas Home and Business decoration contest since the 1950’s. They gave awards for first and second place for decorating the door, the whole house, and also for yard decorations. Negro homes had a category. It seems they even included houses in the country. Businesses received awards. The members of the judging committee were secret. The awards were announced at the Christmas program that was held downtown on Christmas Eve at the Community Tree near the old City Hall. The Midway Woman’s Club decorating committee was Mrs. S. L. Gatrell, Mrs. Hubbard Endicott, and Mrs. Inez Layton. I was looking up pet deaths. It seems that more pets, dogs and cats, have to go the veterinarians during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. I’ve noticed, by way of Midway Musings, that several pets have passed away in the last three or four weeks. There were a few more Midway pets that pulled through their bouts of pancreatitis and other similar issues. My brother and I lost our dog Molly a couple of weeks ago due to pancreatitis she was an older dog and overweight. She was always getting to something and eating things she wasn’t supposed to. We took her to the vet and I learned there were six other cases being treated. So please be very careful at the Christmas dinner table and make sure your dog eats dog food only especially if your pet is older. Merry Christmas.

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