Brigham City Porch Parade
Wonderful Porch Contests in This Utah CommunityWhat is Brigham City Porch Parade?
Well, take one determined Brigham City Utah resident and more than 40 motivated porch loving residents and businesses.
The people of Brigham City UT have shown their spirit and pride by the way they deck out their porches.
Brigham City Porch Parade - Best of Show AwardNot only were the residents of Brigham City involved, but also the business owners. Imagine this: store fronts down Main Street dressed up with colorful chairs, tables and flowers.
Talk about spirit! Marlene had just about everybody involved and did she ever have fun doing it.
We are thrilled to share with you the porches of Brigham City. You will see porches of all kinds and sizes. Marlene says there were eight categories and a winner for each one. Plus five businesses were given honors, too.
Porch Pictures of the Resident Contest WinnersSee all the resident entries. See all the business entries.
Best Medium Porch
Best Enclosed Porch
Best Goin' Green
One of a Kind
Best Porch Stoop
Best Small Porch
Best Full Porch
Our congratulations to all the winners of the contest; we can tell you are proud of your community.
Brigham City's Resident Contest EntriesBrigham City Utah. It's not often an entire town comes together to have a porch decorating contest. The wonderful folks of this lovely town did just that and we are pleased to show you photos of those who entered the contest.
Through the determination of Marlene, contest originator, the residents, businesses and the Chamber of Commerce, came together in the spirit of summer fun to show off their community pride.
Videos: Brigham City Porch Parade
Business Porch Contest WinnersIt is fun to see the Brigham City UT business community support a community project like the First Annual Porch Decorating Contest.
The town streets were decorated with porch furniture and other amenities creating a vibrant and festive look.
First place winner - Endz Hair Salon
Second place winner - Brigham City Chamber of Commerce
Third place winner (tie) - Brigham City Floral
Third place winner (tie) - Bert's Cafe
Fourth place winner - Allure Salon
Enjoy All the Business Entries
4th Annual Brigham City Porch Parade
Decorated Front Porches on ParadeThe 4th Annual Brigham City Porch Parade was a huge success and we are grateful Marlene shares their community event with us.
Marlene got the idea of hosting a porch decorating contest several years ago and set about to make it happen. This was her fourth year hosting this fun community event.
In addition to encouraging homeowners to decorate their porches, Marlene also promotes the same pride among Brigham City businesses each year making this a one-of-a-kind porch decorating event.
Mary and I love this event and find the decorated homes refreshing. Their porches have a true home-town feel; nothing ostentatious, just the kind of porches many of us grew up on.
The Porch Parade: a colorful and fun event
4th Annual Brigham City Porch Parade grand prize winner
Medium porch winner
Creative category winner
Presentation Category winner
Large porch winner
Color category winner
Classic and adorable front porch furniture
Brigham City Porch Parade small porch winner
Charming category winner
Elegant porch winner
Charmingly decorated vintage front porch
How to Organize a Porch ContestWhen Marlene came up with the idea, she probably had more questions than answers...
Promoting the Brigham City Porch ParadeGetting the word out is of utmost importance. People need to know the basics: who, what, when, where, why, and how. Marlene employs several means of doing so; two are outlined below.
First Marlene drove all over town (she grew up in Brigham City) making a list of 200 addresses that she could tell paid attention to their porches.
She then mailed each a flyer (photo at right) outlining all the instructions, dates, and categories. Marlene included a separate entry form to fill in and mail back by a specific date.
TIP: Marlene also had her friends help hand address each envelope so it didn't look like it was just run off by a computer.
She also use local media. Getting an article in the Ogden Standard was great publicity for Brigham City (30 miles outside Ogden UT).
She got the businesses involved by having them hand out applications for the porch contest.
To designate participating businesses, she gathered and painted wooden chairs and tables in bright colors to dress up the storefront "porches" along Main Street.
How cool is that?
Then the residents became excited and the Brigham City Porch Parade became the buzz around town.
JudgingMarlene invited three judges from Ogden who did not know any of the participants. To make it easier for the judges, Marlene made of list of participants based on routing. She also made signs numbered from one to 30 (the number of participating homes) which would be placed each porch by the judges.
Judges would then take photos of each porch. Judges would rate the porches from one to ten on: color, presentation, uniqueness, size of porch, etc. She also left space for notes.
Judges were given several days to review the photos and select the winners.
AwardsMarlene is a super creative lady. She painted turquoise (a hot decorating color) signs made out of wood with stakes so everyone had a sign to place in their flower bed or lawn recognizing them for winning their respective category.
The signs were quite showy as you see here. The porches that did not win in a particular category received an "Awesome Porch Entry" sign so anyone driving around Brigham City knew by just looking who was in the Porch Parade.
Stylish Chairs Painted by Marlene
Marlene collects cheap metal chairs from flea markets, thrift stores, anywhere she can find them. And then? She transforms them with paint and her artistic genius. Marlene learned an art form called Zen-tangle.
She says, "You can just draw anyway your little heart wants. Not hard to do, just let your mind wander as you draw...". You can see some of her chairs above!
How are the chairs used? The chairs are put on Brigham City Mainstreet for the Porch Parade to give the downtown a festive look during the Porch Parade.
Brigham City is fortunate to have a resident like Marlene who brings the community together by celebrating their porches.
Meet Our Friend, Marlene Martinez
Meet MarleneWe really appreciate Marlene! She is the thought leader behind Brigham City's first porch contest. Thanks to her commitment and spirit, the porch parade was a huge success.
We are very appreciative that Marlene shared the event with us here for everyone to enjoy.
Without Marlene's vision and tenacity this event would have only been a good idea.
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