Agencies encourage downtown window decorating

ELKINS — Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce and Elkins Main Street are collaborating again this year to help bring holiday cheer to downtown Elkins.

The two organizations along with the generous support from Allegheny Insurance are coming together to encourage local businesses to brighten their windows downtown with a Winter Wonderland window display competition.

“Working together is not only a lot more fun, but it’s also more effective,” said Main Street Executive Director Karen Carper.

More than 24 businesses are participating in the contest.

“We really enjoyed the partnership with Elkins Main Street. It’s a great way to kick off the holiday season and support local businesses,” said Wendy Hill, executive director of the Elkins-Randolph County Chamber of Commerce.

Businesses will compete for first place, second place, third place and people’s choice award.

Anyone interested can vote for the People’s Choice Award at one of the participating downtown restaurants today through Nov. 30. The following businesses will be competing this year in the Window Display Contest, according to a news release: Appalachian Community Health, Allegheny Insurance Services, B&J Music and Pawn, Beander’s Restaurant, Bialek Insurance Agency, Clara Belle’s Cafe, Coming Around Again, Elkins Randolph County Public Library, Elkins Sewing Center, Evans Appliance & Furniture, Fancy Paws, Good Energy Foods Market, Henry G’s Cafe, High Def Hair, Holistic Housewife, Joey’s Bike Shop, Kissel Stop Cafe, MS Distributing, Panhandle Support, 7 Performance, S&T’s Bees, Salon Swish, Salvage Style, Studio MK and Talbott Frameshop.

Window displays will be judged Dec. 1 by a panel of judges for the first-place, second-place and third-place awards. The Chamber and Elkins Main Street will present the winners with their awards Dec. 1 in the form of cash prizes of $100, $75, $50 and $25.