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McDonough Main Street holds Christmas tree contest


By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent 

  A new initiative by McDonough’s Main Street program has spruced up the downtown area and gotten more local residents involved in the process.

  About two dozen Christmas trees have been erected in the area for the Christmas Tree contest, in which a panel will choose the three best-decorated trees and a People’s Choice winner will also be chosen.

  “We’re very excited about the community involvement,” said Kira Harris-Braggs, the manager of the Main Street program. “This is a first-time event and we’ve had so many people interested in participating.”

Trees outside the McDonough Welcome Center are entered in the Christmas tree contest.                               Special photo

  The trees are being displayed in different places around town, on the Square and in front of selected local businesses. They are being showcased in Downtown Christmas Tree Gardens, according to Braggs, so that people can view them easily. A map, available at the Welcome Center and on the Main Street web site, shows the locations of the trees.

  “We thought that placing the gardens throughout the downtown area would give people an added incentive to visit more of the area, including some of the new business locations,” said Braggs.

  Two of those businesses, Blumen Trio and Queen Bee Coffee, have recently relocated and the trees are expected to help people find them at their new addresses.

  Other tree locations include Thompson Square Market, Moye’s Pharmacy and the McDonough Welcome Center.

  The actual decorating of the trees has been done by a variety of organizations, including local businesses as well as some individuals. Each tree has its own individual theme.

  One entry from a business owner was built entirely of window panes and contains a small vignette inside, Braggs said.

  One local resident, a mother whose son is currently serving overseas in the military, entered the contest and put the word out in the community for others who would like to share in the decorating activity. This has brought out friends and even total strangers who have donated ornaments for the tree, which has a patriotic theme.

  The contest winners will be announced Christmas Eve on the Main Street web site, Braggs said. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place as well as the People’s Choice winner.

  Proceeds from the contest will benefit Haven House, a shelter for family members who are victims of domestic violence.

  Collection sites have been placed throughout the downtown area for local shoppers and residents who would like to donate directly to Haven House. The organization also has a wish list of items desperately needed in December, and that list can be downloaded from the Main Street web site.

  Participating in the People’s Choice voting is free, and all voters will be entered into a drawing for a $100 gift certificate supplied by the Greater McDonough Business Association

  “We’re hoping that people will come out, bring their donations for the Haven House and see the beautiful trees we have here,” said Braggs.

  You can vote for your favorite Christmas tree at the McDonough Welcome Center, Moye’s Pharmacy & Gifts, Planters Antique Mall. Queen Bee Coffee, Blumen Trio, Harding Plumbing and the Lunch Box.

  Visit for a map of the Christmas tree gardens and a Haven House wish list.



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