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Ongoing Christmas Pole Decorating Contest lighting up Sylacauga

SYLACAUGA, Ala. – Throughout December, different individuals, businesses, and clubs around Sylacauga have been remodeling light poles in town.

The Christmas Light Pole Decorating Contest was an idea that originated from Chamber of Commerce President Laura Strickland. She discovered another community doing something similar with scarecrows near Halloween. After trying that idea first, her light bulb turned on.

“The scarecrows were so successful that we decided to have a Christmas themed contest,” said Strickland.

In total, 22 entries were submitted by the deadline on Friday, Dec. 3. Participants were assigned their pole by the Chamber, and there were only two major rules to follow. No decorating the pole above nine feet high, and no use of glue or permanent fastening of anything to the pole.

The voting period continues until the end of the year. To cast a vote, you can go to the Sylacauga Chamber Facebook page and “like” your favorite Christmas light pole. First place will receive $200 in Chamber bucks if they are an individual or a catered lunch if the winner is a business or organization.

“It has been so rewarding to see our community excited about an opportunity to showcase the creative talents of individuals and organizations while at the same time celebrating our fabulous downtown business district,” Strickland remarked. “The pole decorations will become a tradition in Sylacauga!”

The Chamber currently plans to do another pole decorating contest in the summertime to celebrate Independence Day.

You can check out all of the submissions by clicking HERE.


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