Christ­mas tree con­test starts in Cedar­town

The Standard Journal - - LIFESTYLE - Staff re­ports

As the scare­crows dis­ap­peared from Main Street in Cedar­town in past weeks, and the Down­town Cedar­town As­so­ci­a­tion is now mov­ing right into the hol­i­day sea­son and are ask­ing lo­cal mer­chants, or­ga­ni­za­tions and fam­i­lies to par­tic­i­pate in a new Christ­mas Tree dec­o­rat­ing con­test.

Main Street Di­rec­tor Ra­mona Ruark said in a re­lease on the new con­test that it’s a “great way to dec­o­rate our down­town area for the Christ­mas sea­son.”

Those who want to per­son­al­ize their own Christ­mas trees for the hol­i­days must com­plete an en­try form (found with this story on­line) and will be dis­played in as­signed ar­eas start­ing this past Mon­day and can con­tinue go­ing up through Mon­day, Nov. 26 fol­low­ing the Thanks­giv­ing hol­i­day.

The winners of the best Christ­mas trees are up for a $300 first place prize, a $200 sec­ond place prize or a $100 third place prize.

En­try forms can be com­pleted and re­turned to Ruark by e-mail at rru­[email protected] down­towncedar­town.com, or by fax at 770-749-5346, or dropped off at the Cedar­town Wel­come Cen­ter and De­pot on South Main Street.

Trees will re­main on display through the hol­i­day sea­son end­ing on Satur­day, Dec. 30.

Winners will be an­nounced on the week of Dec. 16.

Some gen­eral rules to go along with the dis­plays in­clude the re­quire­ment for all to have a sign with their busi­ness, or­ga­ni­za­tion or fam­ily name of 8 ½ inches by 11 inches, all dec­o­ra­tions have to be durable and stand up to weather con­di­tions, they can’t block side­walks or busi­ness en­try­ways, and or­na­ments and light­ing must be se­curely at­tached.

Any­one with ad­di­tional ques­tions about the con­test as it be­gins can con­tact Ruark at 770-748-2090.

All trees must be re­moved by New Year’s Day 2019.

The con­test goes along­side the dec­o­rat­ing al­ready tak­ing place in the down­town area of both Cedar­town and Rock­mart. Lights have gone up along the main thor­ough­fares of both cities, along with ban­ners pro­claim­ing the hol­i­day sea­son in­stalled by Pub­lic Works and firefighters. Gar­lands are even wrapped around street­lights in down­town Cedar­town.

Any­one in­ter­ested in shar­ing their hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions for an up­com­ing De­cem­ber edi­tion of the Stan­dard Jour­nal can also par­tic­i­pate by e-mail­ing pho­tos to [email protected] polk­stan­dard­jour­nal.net.

/ Kevin Myrick

Hol­i­day dec­o­ra­tions were go­ing up in down­town Cedar­town this past week as firefighters blocked off the road­way to string snowflakes above Main Street.

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