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Historical Society names winners of Commerce City's best-decorated homes contest

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By The Staff

Steve Brecheisen, Keith Dipprey and Michael and Sharon Quintana are all veterans when it comes to decorating their homes and yards for Christmas, so it is not surprising that they won this year’s Commerce City Historical Society’s annual Christmas Lights Bus Tour contest for the best decorated homes in Commerce City.

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“We’ve done it for years,” said Sharon Quintana, whose home won the award in the core city. “We love doing it.”

Quintana’s home at 7895 Idlewild St. has been featured in the past by the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post.

“People come from all different places just to come see our lights,” Quintana said. “We try to add something new every year.”

Brecheisen and Dipprey’s home at 15333 E. 100th Court also draws people from all over the Denver metro area. This year, they won the Fronterra Village HOA’s award for the best holiday display. Two years ago, they won the Commerce City Historical Society’s inaugural award.

They, too, have decorated their home, inside and out, for years and add something new every year. Along with music playing outside, they have a life-size Santa waving to people passing by.

“This year, we’ve even had limos drive by,” said Dipprey, whose home won the Historical Society’s award for the northern part of the city.

Traffic on 100th Court increases even more when Brecheisen dresses up as Santa Claus and greets kids in his driveway.

“The kids get to sit on Santa’s lap and tell him what they want for Christmas,” Brecheisen said. Then the two pass out candy canes to the kids before they leave.

“This has always been a fun event that we offer for all families,” said Commerce City Historical Society Historian June Younger. “Not only do participants get to see the best Christmas displays throughout the city, but they get a fun history lesson about the different neighborhoods as well.”

In addition, the Historical Society sponsors a chili dinner before the bus tour. Proceeds from the dinner are donated to a local family in need. This year, participants donated over $200 to Misty Brown’s family.

“This is the fifth year the Commerce City Historical Society has sponsored the chili dinner and bus trip and interest continues to grow,” Younger said. “This year we even had a wait list.”

Younger said the Historical Society couldn’t put on the event without its partners — The Denver Foundation, Arrow Stage Lines, Dodge Sign, Our Saviour Lutheran Church, South Adams Women’s Association, City Councilman Steve Douglas, King Soopers, Commerce City Business & Professional Association — and its members and volunteers who made this year’s event happen.

“We want all our residents to have pride in where they live. Commerce City has such a rich history. We hope that when residents learn the history of our city, it will strengthen our community even more,” Younger said.

For a complete listing of the homes that were nominated for this year’s award, go to www.cchistoric.com or go to the notes page on the Commerce City Historical Society’s Facebook page.

All homes were nominated by community members.