'I like people looking at it and a lot of people drive by to look at it since it was announced'
Wesley and Marion Blair have gained a lot of attention thanks to their Butler Drive home, which is well decorated for Christmas. The couple won this year's Light Up Bible Hill competition for their festive efforts. Monique Chiasson - Truro Daily News
BIBLE HILL - Wesley Blair brings to life some childhood dreams when he decorates his Bible Hill property for Christmas.
Wesley, 68, and his wife Marion, 65, who live on Butler Drive in Bible Hill, have been decorating their property for the holidays since the middle of November. It's a luxury Wesley didn't have as a youngster.
"As a child we didn't decorate much because we couldn't afford it," said Wesley. "We had a few lights and that was about it."
These days, Wesley goes all out decorating for Christmas. He estimates spending 25 to 30 hours placing 3,200 lights, including 11 new sets, candy canes, Santa, reindeer, elves and more on the front yard of his home. Thankfully, he said, his grandson Scott helped.
For their efforts, the Blair property earned first-place honours in the Light Up Bible Hill competition. The annual event encourages village residents to light and decorate their outdoor property during the Christmas season.
"I was speechless. I said, ‘wow,'" said Marion regarding her reaction to winning the competition.
Brendon Smithson, the village's recreation director, said there were about 25 homes considered by judges during a bus tour of the community last week. There were 54 residents on the tour.
Marion said the couple has been at their current residence for about 10 years and they have decorated every year. Their festive spirit has resulted in people encouraging them to get involved in Light Up Bible Hill.
"I was told last year to enter but I didn't. I didn't this year ... somebody entered us ... but I think I will enter it next year. It's kind of exciting," said Wesley, adding he spent "well over $500" on the decorations, including lights.
"I love decorating. I decorate at Easter, Valentine's, Halloween ... and I hear people saying this looks great. Some people say, ‘what are you going to do next year?' I think I want to make reindeers next year," said Wesley.
Since the house was announced as the event winner this past week, more and more people have been stopping in front of the Blair property to admire the sight.
"I like people looking at it and a lot of people drive by to look at it since it was announced," Wesley said.
Second-place honours went to Carol and Brad Mills, while Kim Grant and Ken Atkinson earned third place.