High Street home wins patriotic decorating contest


With a display that reminds spectators what Independence Day is really about, Tammy and Bill Mojkowski's High Street home is this year's Patriotic Home Decorating Contest winner.

"I'm humbled and excited. This is for Bristol - to show our pride," Ms. Majkowski said. "I wanted to bring back the real meaning of the 4th of July."

In addition to the red, white and blue bunting, streamers and stars, the Majkowski's patriotic display includes a five-foot-tall copy of the Declaration of Independence set on an easel in the front yard, to go with the Pledge of Allegiance written out on a poster board. Reminding visitors of the struggles to gain our independence, the home pays tribute to the America's military — Bill Majkowski is an Army veteran — with symbols of all five branches. A female mannequin dressed as a soldier reaches her hand toward a small child, as if saying goodbye on her way to war.

"It's not all about winning the contest' it's about being proud of being an American," Ms. Majkowski said, noting she has been competing in the contest for 10 years, securing her first win this year.

Cars have been lining up in front of the 245 High Street home to catch a glimpse of the decorations. Several slowed to a stop on High Street Thursday afternoon, shouting out their compliments on the decorations. One driver applauded out his open window while passing by.

"People have been coming by non-stop, especially last night during the carnival," Ms. Majkowski said. "It's thrilling,"

Ms. Majkowski credited her friends and neighbors for helping her secure the props she needed for the display, and thanked neighbor Brian King for helping arrange the decorations. She said she plans to donate the giant Declaration of Independence to Rogers Free Library after the 4th.

As winners of the contest, the Majokowskis took home the $100 prize. Second place — Stephanie Cabral of 12 Magnolia Street— received $75, and third place — Kathleen and Bob Martin of 1 Saint Anna Ave. — got $50.


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