Taco Bell award, pictured, from left to right – John Sugar, Treasurer, Springfield Christmas Parade, Larry Hanks, representing Springfield Chamber of Commerce Greeters, John Woodrow, President Springfield Christmas Parade, Diana Rankin, Taco Bell Manager, and Crystalyn Medina, Taco Bell employee and window inspiration.

2nd Annual Window Decorating Contest

This year the Springfield Christmas Parade hosted its ‘Second Annual Window Decorating Contest’ for the businesses along the parade route. Staying in the context of a holiday theme and/or this year’s parade theme “A Springfield Country Christmas”, we had several businesses (from Olympic through to Main Streets) join in the fun of “dressing up” Springfield for the holidays. They all had a chance to win ‘The Prize’ for “Best Decorated Window”. The only limit was their imaginations!

2007 was the first year for the Window Decorating Contest. Marilee Woodrow, Secretary and Board member of the Springfield Christmas Parade suggested it to our Parade Committee in July, 2007, and we began planning for it immediately – Marilee explained that she remembered the decorated windows of her hometown downtown businesses when she was a child– and she just thought it would be a great way to add a bit more downtown fun and a sense of festive celebration unity to all of downtown during the holidays.

This year, fliers were again passed out along the parade route in October. Businesses who wanted to participate and have their window(s) “judged” for the contest were asked to notify us of their entry by Monday, December 1st, 2008. This let us know to include them in the judging. The windows were judged Wednesday afternoon, December 3rd, 2008. The judging parameters included scoring points for Creativity, Originality, and Appearance.

What a hard choice it was! The businesses who asked to be judged were: Baby’s Closet, Siuslaw Bank (on Main Street), US Bank (on Main Street), D’Maria’s Salon, AlethaLou’s Mercantile, Taco Bell (on Mohawk), Hole In The Wall Restaurant (on Olympic) and Citizens’ Bank on Olympic. (A late entry that wasn’t judged was Heritage Bank. We wanted to mention them because they did decorate their windows.)

We have winners! And It was a tie!
Yes, we have winners! Announced and awarded on Thursday, December 4th. There were 2 windows that were just neck and neck with the judges and because they were so unique to their own theme, we awarded dual prizes.

AlethaLou’s Mercantile chose a country Christmas theme from Grandma Snowman and her freshly baked cookies to bringing home the tree, and snowkids playing with their dog, all painted in a style that is perfectly suited to AlethaLou’s. From what AlethaLou Harmon told us, these windows were a result of her casual survey to find out what “a country Christmas” brought to mind.

On the other hand, Taco Bell’s window was the inspiration of a Taco Bell employee, Crystalyn Medina. From what we have been told, she went home and drew up her idea, brought her drawing back to work the following day and the rest is history, so they say. Pursuing permission to the District Manager level, they then painted the window with taco reindeer, tacquito sleigh runners and even a Burrito Santa! There’s more! You have to see it to notice all the details! (We also hear her daughter is very proud of her mom – now isn’t that just perfect for this time of year!?)

We hope this encourages other businesses for the 3rd Annual Window Contest in 2009.

Here are pictures of the award presentations. Along with the wreath (donated by Rogers Gardens) and the basket of goodies, each business receives a plaque inscribed as the Ist Place Winner of the 2nd Annual Window Decorating Contest – 2008.

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