by Lisa Tome
Your home and business Christmas decorations can earn you money.
For the first time, the Greater Rising Sun Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring both home and business decorating contests.
Charles Heitz, vice president of the chamber, said that the idea of hosting a home decorating contest came about during a chamber mastermind planning meeting. "We are trying to find ways to give back to the community, bolster community spirit, and promote a renewed sense of community," said Heitz.
Four businesses/individuals have donated money which will be used to purchase a $200 Visa gift card for the residential winner. Those who contributed are Hunter's Sale Barn, Heitz Digital LLC, Queen Street Boutique, and Bud McFadden.
American Legion Post 194 donated an additional $200 prize for the best decorated business. The contest is limited to exterior of a home or business. The business or home must be located within the corporate limits of the town.
The judging will be held on December 16. Judges are Bob Lucas, Sam Coale, and Bud McFadden. Winners will be announced on December 18. The winners will be posted on the chamber website.
"We hope the response is good. Next year, we hope it expands to even more homes and businesses. The feedback has been good. We've had a good response," added Heitz.