Towns plan dec­o­rat­ing con­tests

Cecil Whig - - & - By BRI­ANNA SHEA

bshea@ce­cil­whig.com

— As the hol­i­day sea­son gets into full swing, county towns are en­cour­ag­ing both res­i­dents and busi­nesses to show their hol­i­day spirit through a va­ri­ety of dec­o­rat­ing con­tests.

Check out the con­tests be­ing held by county towns and how peo­ple can get in­volved, ei­ther by par­tic­i­pat­ing them­selves or by vot­ing on the win­ners.

CE­CIL COUNTY North East

Busi­nesses on North East’s Main Street are in­vited to par­tic­i­pate in the North East Chamber of Com­merce Christ­mas tree dec­o­rat­ing con­test. Busi­nesses that are not lo­cated on Main Street, but would like to par­tic­i­pate, can do so by put­ting up a tree on the lawn be­hind the Santa House, said Christie McDe­vitt,v board mem­ber and mar­ket­ing chair for the chamber.

“We want to ex­cite them about a small town busi­ness Christ­mas and all of the cre­ativ­ity the mer­chants put into their de­signs,” she said.

The trees also serve an­other pur­pose, she noted. Cur­rently, the town’s tree is lo­cated in North East Com­mu­nity Park, but peo­ple can­not see the tree after dark be­cause the park closes. So the con­test willw al­low peo­ple to see mul­ti­ple trees up and down Main Street, McDe­vitt said.

No regis­tra­tion is re­quired, but trees must be vis­i­ble to the judges and the pub­lic to vote,v McDe­vitt said. The pub­lic will have the chance to cast their vote for the cat­e­gories on their bal­lots be­fore or after the Ce­cil County Christ­mas Pa­rade, which takes place on Satur­day on Main Street in North East.

Win­ners are sched­uled to be an­nounced at the chamber’s next meet­ing, which is on Dec. 15. Win­ners will re­ceive mar­ket­ing vouch­ers to help pro­mote their busi­ness.

West Street Vil­lage is also hold­ing a Christ­mas tree dec- orat­ing con­test for the shops in the mall, said El­iz­a­beth Felts, owner of West Street Vil­lage. Felts said the pub­lic can vote for their fa­vorite tree, with the win­ning shop get­ting “brag­ging rights.”

Elk­ton

In Elk­ton, those in res­i­den­tial homes have un­til Dec. 14 to pre-reg­is­ter and dec­o­rate their homes for the town’s Christ­mas hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tion con­test, said Codee Wat­son, recre­ational co­or­di­na­tor with the town’s Parks and Recreation depart­ment.

There are three cash prizes up for grabs, with a re­ward of $50 for first place, $30 for sec­ond and $20 for third, Wat­son said.

Those who would like to par­tic­i­pate can do so by call­ing the Parks and Recreation depart­ment at 410-620-7964, send­ing their regis­tra­tion form to parks@elk­ton.org or mail­ing the form to 100 Rail­road Ave. in Elk­ton.

Win­ners are slated to be an­nounced at the next mayor and com­mis­sion­ers meet­ing on Dec. 21.

Ch­e­sa­peake City

This year, Ch­e­sa­peake City has added a Peo­ple’s Choice Award to the town’s hol­i­day dec­o­rat­ing con­test.

The award al­lows res­i­dents to vote for their fa­vorite dec­o­rated home and the win­ner will be given a $150 gift card, said Tonya Lock­wood, town billing clerk and re­cep­tion­ist.

“It’s kind of like a fan-fa­vorite,” she said.

The judges will also choose their fa­vorite hol­i­day dec­o­rated house on the north and south sides, with a third prize go­ing to a busi­ness. The win­ners will each re­ceive a $150 gift card.

In ad­di­tion to re­ceiv­ing a gift card, they will re­ceive a “win­ner” sign to dis­play in their yard. The win­ning busi­ness will also re­ceive two ad­ver­tise­ments in a lo­cal pub­li­ca­tion.

Peo­ple can reg­is­ter by fill­ing out the flier, which was left at each res­i­dence and busi­ness, and send­ing it via email to Tonya Lock­wood at t.lock­wood@chesa­peakecitymd.gov or drop­ping it off at town hall.

Homes must be dec­o­rated by Dec. 11., when judg­ing takes place. The win­ners will be an­nounced that night.

Ris­ing Sun

Ris­ing Sun will also hold a con­test for the best Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions.

“We want Ris­ing Sun to ‘shine’ dur­ing the hol­i­day and show­case the hol­i­day spirit in our proud lit­tle town as we wel­come others and en­joy the town’s charm and busi­nesses while driv­ing through our com­mu­ni­ties en­joy­ing the light dis­plays folks have pas­sion­ately pro­vided for all to see,” Vin­cent Sam­mons, com­mu­ni­ca­tion direc­tor for the Ris­ing Sun Chamber of Com­merce, said in an email.

The con­test in­cludes res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial dis­plays. First place, which is $100, will be awarded to one res­i­dence and to one com­mer­cial busi­ness for the “Best Christ­mas Dec­o­ra­tions.” Sam­mons said only res­i­den­tial dis­plays qual­ify for sec­ond place, which is $75, and third place, which is $50.

Any­one whose lights are on Dec. 16 from 5 to 9:30 p.m. and is lo­cated within town lim­its is au­to­mat­i­cally en­tered in the con­test, Sam­mons said.

Judg­ing will oc­cur on that day and the win­ners will be an­nounced that same night, Sam­mons said. He said if there is in­clement weather, the win­ners will be an­nounced the fol­low­ing day.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY BRI­ANNA SHEA

Queen Street Bou­tique, lo­cated in West Street Vil­lage, is com­pet­ing in the West Street Vil­lage Christ­mas tree con­test.

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