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We're No. 2!

The Felix family didn't win the national Patch house-decorating contest, but Dallas-Hiram Patch users made it exciting.

So close, and yet so far.

We begged and pleaded for your votes for the in Patch's Deck the House contest, and the results were fantastic.

With a possible for the on the line, the fabulous Felix house received 8,320 votes from Dallas-Hiram Patch users and others who wanted to see that money come to Georgia.

Unfortunately, a house in Davis, CA, entered by the Powell family received 12,156 votes, so the Davis Joint Unified School District will receive the donation. But your support for the Felix family and the Paulding schools deserves a standing, light-flashing ovation.

Out of more than 860 Patches in the country, only 24 had a house recognized as a finalist. Out of those 24 finalists, our entry, the pride of Paulding County with more than 90,000 lights, finished second.

The Felix home received more than twice as many votes as the third-place house. In fact, the combined votes of the final 14 houses barely equaled the vote total for the Dallas house.

So we didn't win the money, but we had a lot of fun trying. Thanks to the Felixes for putting their time, money and creativity into a beautiful expression of holiday spirit worthy of national celebration, and thanks to all of you who cast your votes with Dallas-Hiram Patch.

As they say each fall at Wrigley Field and today in Baton Rouge, wait 'til next year.

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