Community hands decorate Grand Avenue
The first Spencer Main Street planter decoration contest wrapped up Saturday as three judges chose the winners. The contest had approximately 10 entries in the business category, three in the service group category and seven in the others category.
"I am so appreciative of everyone who took part in this. With new events it is hard to get things rolling. I am so appreciative of everyone who did embrace it and did a phenomenal job," said Nancy Naeve, Spencer Mainstreet Executive Director.
After careful examination, the FFA won the others category, Hy-Noon Kiwanis won the service groups and Northwest Iowa Realty and Carrick's Cards and Gifts tied for first in the business category. A grand prize of $150 was awarded to both FFA and Hy-Noon Kiwanis. The $100 prize for the business category was divided for each of the two winners.
The judging panel consisted of Parks and Recreation Director Delray Bredehoeft, Linda Maske of KICD and Dennis Beck of Del's Garden. Spencer Main Street Executive Director Nancy Naeve coordinated the event and the prize money was donated by Bob Rose and Mike Harleman.
"I think it has created a lot of diversity and variety. In the past the parks department stuck in spruce tips and now we are getting more people involved. It's great," Bredehoeft said.
Grand Avenue now has approximately 25 of the 39 planter boxes decorated by groups from around the city. Each box was decorated with a special flare representing the groups unique characteristics.
"It shows a lot of ingenuity. I think it is a really great thing for the community to have to get involved in the beautification process of Spencer," Beck said.
The three judges agreed they would like to see the contest continue next year and be expanded. Maske and Bredehoeft said they believe the people of Spencer should get out of their cars and walk around each box to fully appreciate them.