ELIZABETHTOWN — The first-ever Holiday Window/Store Display Contest attracted a total of seven entries and, after all the judging, Fisher’s Ladies Shop in downtown Elizabethtown rose to the top.
The contest was sponsored by the Elizabethtown-White Lake Area Chamber of Commerce.
The winning decoration, titled “Fisher’s Frock Farm,” wowed the judges enough to give it top honors. As the best entry, Fisher’s owners Mike and Karen Suggs received a first-place ribbon, a large gift basket and two free lunches to the December meeting of the Chamber of Commerce.
“We started in August and September doing our research and getting ideas,” said Karen Suggs. “We really want to thank Linda Mathis for coming up with the vision. It’s an honor to be selected and it was fun to see everyone decorating their windows.”
Dawn Maynard, executive director of the Chamber, was also happy with the contest.
“I was really pleased that we had so many businesses participate,” said Maynard. “During the judging, we looked at theme, store products, promotion of the holiday season and whether it wows you in the daytime and nighttime.”
Coming in at second place in the contest was Leinwand’s of Elizabethtown Ladies Store, with its entry titled “Small Town in a Small Town.”
Finishing in third place was Leinwand’s of Elizabethtown Men’s Store, with its entry titled “Miracle on Broad Street.”
Others who competed in the contest included: Fisher’s Men’s Store (“Trolling for Santa”), Lu Mil Vineyard (“Lu Mil’s Merry Muscadine Christmas”), Fowler’s Jewelry Store (“Sparkling Christmas”) and Global Realty (“Home for the Holidays”).
Those that decorated but could not compete in the contest because of their affiliation with the Chamber were: the Bladen Journal, Whimsical Florist and the Chamber of Commerce.
The contest is expected to be held again next year.
W. Curt Vincent can be reached by calling 910-862-4163.
Judges for the contest consisted of Maynard, Chamber President Charlotte Smith and Chamber board member Brittney Woodell.