Holiday season

Mineral County Miner | Creede Enterprises shine for the holiday season

CREEDE – The City of Creede Holiday Light Contest wrapped up over the weekend and the results turned Creede into a holiday wonderland of twinkling, twinkling lights. The winners were announced on Sunday, December 12.

The contest was the brainchild of Creede City Clerk Sarah Efthim-Williamson and the City of Creede provided cash prizes. Efthim-Williamson called on all businesses to dust off their holiday decorations and get involved.

During the contest, the local 4-H club also received a generous donation of lights from the town of Creede and spent December 5 decorating Basham Park. Not only did Mineral County 4-H decorate, but they also judged the commercial lighting contest.

After the lights were strung and decorations adorned the businesses, Creede received some snow which added to the ambiance. To top it all off, the Creede School District brought a group of students who walked around downtown on December 9th. The students spent the afternoon going from company to company singing holiday songs and receiving generous applause from the townspeople. The students have also collected donations for their Giving Project that will go toward treatment or vaccines for Parvo Puppy’s 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 mention in the newspaper. The best lights went to the Creede Hotel and Restaurant, the best showcase went to Holy Moses and the most creative display went to Tompkins Hardware.

“We do this every year and this year there happened to be a contest that we really enjoyed. We would like to give special thanks to the local 4-H club for judging the contest. We also want to remind everyone that we do our annual 12 Days of Christmas raffles every day from now until Christmas, so be sure to come and fill out the entry slip. We loved seeing Creede lit up this year, it’s was really awesome,” said Delano Velasquez, Tompkins Hardware representative.

Shelly Dee, owner of the Creede Hotel and Restaurant, was thrilled to see Creede light up for the holidays.

“We did everything. In my mind, I think Creede is the prettiest town around and with everyone participating this year, we really nailed the holiday wonderland,” Dee said. “We were so happy to participate and to be open this winter. We will be open until January 1 and then close until Memorial Day weekend so we can redo our kitchen. We look forward to this happening every year. Holiday decorations are important and they bring people here out of 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 all over downtown Creede. The students ate cookies and drank hot chocolate. Creede has quickly transformed into a vacation paradise through the efforts of local businesses, the Town of Creede and Mineral County 4-H. Courtesy of Sarah Efthim-Williamson Creede City Holiday Lighting Contest Winners – Best Lights went to Creede Hotel and Restaurant, Best Window Display to Holy Moses and Most Creative Display to Tompkins Hardware.


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