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Elizabethtown Businesses Vie in Contest For Seasonal Storefront Decorations

A local business coalition is organizing a holiday window decorating competition for businesses in the Elizabethtown area. Christmas TreE-town, which is an initiative of the Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, has invited all businesses in the Elizabethtown area to decorate a storefront window for the competition.

The theme for the competition is “old-fashioned Christmas,” which is the same as the theme for the holiday parade scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, on Market Street in Elizabethtown’s central business district.

Heather Hohenwarter, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce, said “the idea had come up last year, but there wasn’t enough time to implement the competition. It made sense to use this as a piece of Christmas TreE-town this year, because it fits with our goal of making a charming Elizabethtown.”

Rep. Dave Hickernell, Cindy Phillips, and Tyler Smith are serving as judges. There are 37 businesses competing in the contest.First place will win $500 and second place will win a gift basket. There will also be a gift basket for fan favorite, which will be determined by a Facebook vote. ChristmasTreE-town is asking the community to visit their Facebook page, where they

will be pictures or videos of each entry and a poll to vote it. Winners will be announced Saturday, Dec. 8, at the holiday parade.

“We have been hearing that businesses are excited to participate and that they are excited to draw attention to their products and services, and it’s a bonus that this another way for them to engage the community,” Hohenwarter said. She also said that all businesses in the area, not just those in the downtown, are invited to participate in the competition.

The competition is part of the Christmas TreE-town initiative, which seeks to coordinate the holiday activities in the Elizabethtown under one brand. Partners in the project include Elizabethtown Area Chamber of Commerce, the Elizabethtown Train Guys, Masonic Village Model Railroad Club, Stone Gables Estates, Greater Elizabethtown Area Recreation & Community Services, Elizabethtown Borough and Messick’s Farm Equipment.

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