With help from Lightning McQueen and Mater, the Yost family of American Canyon came away winners this year in the holiday home decorating contest.

The residents of 30 Cassayre Drive won first prize in the Holiday Animated/Claymation category after turning their front yard into a homage to the Disney classic “Cars.”

“Everything was built around Lightning McQueen, Mater and Cars,” said Paul Yost after being announced the winner.

This year marked the first time the Yosts have won the contest after five years of trying.

“It’s cool, it’s fun,” he said about the honor, which he’ll share with his wife and 6-year-old son who were part of the decorating crew.

“I haven’t told my son yet. Coming home today and telling him will be kind a cool,” said Yost last Friday. “He put in a big effort in to help.”

The Yost received two prizes from the contest: $50 cash for winning their category, plus a $100 Walmart gift card for having their name drawn in the contest’s raffle.

All 15 entries in this year’s home decorating contest were automatically entered into the raffle.

The other raffle winner, Diann Berryhill at 241 Folland Drive, received a $75 Safeway gift card.

The contest had three other categories for homeowners to enter: Holiday non-animated, Holiday décor based on any movie, and People’s Choice.

The winners of those categories, and their prizes, were:

  • Holiday non-animated: Rhonda McIntyre (1918 Elliot Drive) $50
  • Holiday décor based on any movie: Robert Blunt (705 Danrose Drive) $50
  • People’s Choice: Heather Wendt (400 Poppyfield Drive) $75

As in previous years, the contest was sponsored by Eagle Vines Realty, which tried something different during the runup to Christmas to help raise money for the Boys and Girls Club.

For $20 a family could have Santa visit their home to personally deliver gifts to their children. The special appearance included a photo op with Mr. Claus, as well as knowing they contributed towards building a new clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club.

“We had three or four Santas” going around town, said Ron Banasik, founder of Eagle Vines Realty. “We had 10 families participate, and we raised a little over $300.”

Banasik said his company plans to do something similar come Easter to raise money for the clubhouse.

The new, state of the art facility off Benton Way is expected to be completed in the spring. But the Boys and Girls Club still needs about $1 million to complete its fundraising goal of $5.83 million.

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