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Tree decorating contest announced

Submitted by on 1, October 1, 2009 – 5:45 amNo Comment

clipart-free-gif-001Just in time for the holidays … in December, the city has announced its first annual Holiday Tree Decorating Contest!

The contest is open to nonprofit organizations that serve Alameda, whose staff or volunteers will decorate live trees that will then be featured in store windows across town. After the contest, the trees will be planted in our local parks.

“The contest will enhance the holiday beauty of Alameda’s downtown business districts and also provide a creative, team-building experience for participants,” the city’s press release on this one says.

Entries will be decorated over Thanksgiving weekend, and participants in the contest will have until the close of business November 30 to finish their work. Judging will take place early that week, and the winners will be announced at the Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 5.

Contest categories will include Best Tree That Represents a Nonprofit, Best Alameda Theme, Most Reflective of Holiday Season, Most Historic, Best Multicultural Theme and Most Original.

The contest is being sponsored by the Park Street Business Association, West Alameda Business Association, Alameda Chamber of Commerce and the city’s newly formed Economic Development Department. Participants will need a sponsor for the $200 entry fee, which will be used to buy trees and for prize money.

Applications and contest guidelines are here; or call 749-5834 or 747-7550.

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