CREEDE – The Creede Holiday Town Lights Contest wrapped up over the weekend and the results turned Creede into a holiday wonderland of twinkling and twinkling lights. The winners were announced on Sunday December 12.
The competition was the brainchild of Creede City Clerk Sarah Efthim-Williamson and the Town of Creede provided cash prizes. Efthim-Williamson called on all businesses to dust off their Christmas decorations and participate.
During the contest, the local 4-H club also received a generous donation of lights from the town of Creede and spent December 5th decorating Basham Park. Not only did Mineral County 4-H decorate, but they were also the judges of the corporate lighting competition.
After the lights were on and the decorations adorned the businesses, Creede received some snow which added to the ambiance. To top it off, the Creede School District brought in a group of students who took a stroll through the city center on December 9. The students also collected donations for their donation project which will be used for treatment or vaccines against Parvo Puppy disease.
There were three categories in the competition: Best Lights, Best Showcase, and Most Creative. Each winner received a cash prize donated by the Town of Creede and a newspaper mention. Best Lights went to Creede Hotel and Restaurant, Best Window Display went to Holy Moses, and Most Creative Display went to Tompkins Hardware.
“We do this every year and this year it turned out that there was a competition that we really enjoyed. Special thanks to the local 4-H club for judging the competition. We also want to remind everyone that we do our annual 12 Days of Christmas draws every day until Christmas, so be sure to come and fill out the entry form. We loved seeing Creede lit up this year, it was really awesome, ”said Delano Velasquez, Tompkins Hardware representative.
Shelly Dee, owner of Creede Hotel and Restaurant, was delighted to see Creede light up for the holidays.
“We have just put everything in place. In my mind I think Creede is the nicest town around and with everyone who has been there this year we really made it into the vacation wonderland, ”said Dee. “We were so happy to participate and to be able to be open this winter. We’ll be open until January 1 and then close until Memorial Day weekend so we can redo our cooking. We look forward to this to happen every year. Holiday decorations are important and they draw people here during our off season. We cannot thank 4-H and the town of Creede enough for this opportunity.
Courtesy of Creede Elementary School Creede Elementary students and teachers spent the afternoon of Thursday, December 9 singing songs throughout downtown Creede. The students ate cookies and drank hot chocolate. Creede quickly turned into a vacation paradise thanks to the efforts of local businesses, the Town of Creede and Mineral 4-H County. Courtesy of Sarah Efthim-Williamson City of Creede Holiday Lighting Contest Winners – Best Lights went to Creede Hotel and Restaurant, Best Showcase in Holy Moses, and Most Creative in Tompkins Hardware.