The Malta Lions Club recently named the winners in its fourth annual House Decorating Contest.
The Michelle Smith family at 753 Prairie Pond Drive took first place; Anthony and Alena Corellas at 940 Pond Brook Drive won second place; and Larry and Debe Fullington at 508 S. Second St. took third place.
The rules were changed a bit this year to include all the houses in Malta, including Prairie Spring Subdivision and those in the country with a 60150 zip code. There were 159 houses within the village and two in the country that participated.
Malta Lions Club members began the difficult task of judging the homes on Dec. 12. Because there were so many houses this year, the club gave the contest committee an extra $125, on top of the $175 for first, second and third place, to give out four honorable mention and seven judge’s choice awards.
The committee purchased gift cards from local businesses, including Martha’s, Remington’s, Old School Pizza, Tinez Tacos, Village Pizza and Hickey’s Gas Station, for the additional awards.